With names like these, these supermoons sound almost good enough to eat.
The Full Flower Moon will be appearing on May 26, being the second (and last) supermoon of 2021. This year, there are only two supermoons: April's Pink Moon which occurred on April 26, and May's Flower Moon. What marks these moons as "supermoons" is their proximity to the earth; looking 7 percent bigger and 15 percent brighter than the average full moon.
The Flower Supermoon will be the closest supermoon of 2021—222,116.6 miles from the earth. A partial lunar eclipse will happen in the U.S. (Tuesday, May 25, to Wednesday, May 26) for all who are located east of the Mississippi and occurring in the "very early morning hours of May 26." For parts of the world like western North America, western South America, eastern Asia, and Oceania, they'll experience a total lunar eclipse.
Viewing of the supermoons is a celestial marvel with varying names for the moon sounding more like Strawberry Shortcake's gang of friends: Full Flower Moon, Strawberry Moon, Pink Moon, Full Buck Moon makes stargazing all that sweeter. But what's up with all the yummy celestial names it goes by?
According to The Old Farmer's Almanac, the moon adopted its varied names from the Algonquin tribe, such as the Full Buck Moon signifying the season when new antlers appear on buck deer. Likewise, the Strawberry Moon was named due to the season to signal it was time to gather ripening strawberries. Similarly, the Full Flower Moon speaks to the arrival of spring and the abundance of flowers during May.
Just for fun, here's some full moon folklore for this moon:
- Clothes washed for the first time in the Full Moon will not last long.
- The Full Moon is an ideal time to accept a proposal of marriage.
Then it's settled, no laundry will be done during this time, so start the stargazing and look to the sky for the Full Flower Moon on May 26.
Which moon name is your favorite? Share in the comments.