The Ultimate Guide to the Flower Moon: Everything You Need to Know

In this Thursday, May 7, 2020 photo, the flower moon is framed by the lighted arches of the West Wind Solano Drive-In in Concord, Calif.  (Jose Carlos Fajardo / Bay Area News Group)

“Get ready to witness a celestial spectacle this week as the full moon graces the sky with its presence for its May engagement, reaching its peak on Thursday morning.

The Flower Moon, as it is affectionately called, makes its appearance in late spring when many flowering plants awaken from their winter slumber and start blooming once again. NASA predicts that the glowing orb will illuminate the sky to its fullest potential on Thursday at 9:53 a.m. ET.

Best Time to View the Full Moon

For those eager to catch a glimpse of the full moon, the best viewing times are on Wednesday and Thursday night. Although the moon will be below the horizon during its peak in some regions, the Farmer’s Almanac suggests that Wednesday night and Thursday night will offer optimal viewing opportunities. The Flower Moon will start rising after sunset on Wednesday and reach its highest point after midnight, providing a mesmerizing sight for stargazers.

Cultural Significance of the Flower Moon

The Flower Moon is said to have originated among the Algonquin people residing in Canada and parts of the northeastern United States. However, various ancient groups have assigned creative names to May’s full moon to symbolize the arrival of warmer weather and the new life that blossoms during the spring season.

From the Cree of Canada’s North Plains to the Dakota and Lakota people of the U.S. Great Plains, different cultures have associated the full moon with various meanings. Whether it’s the reference to the spring peeper frog in the “frog moon” or the agricultural practice of planting during the “planting moon,” each name tells a unique story about the changing seasons and the cycle of life.

Moonlit History

The Flower Moon also holds historical significance, with its name tied to a dark period in U.S. history. Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated film “Killers of the Flower Moon” sheds light on a series of murders of Osage people in Oklahoma that began in May 1921, coinciding with the month of the Flower Moon.

Upcoming Lunar Events

Looking ahead, the remaining full moons of 2024 promise more celestial wonder. September and October will feature supermoons, where the moon appears larger and brighter in the night sky due to its closer proximity to Earth.

Mark your calendars for the following full moons:
– June 21: Strawberry Moon
– July 21: Buck Moon
– August 19: Sturgeon Moon
– September 17: Harvest Moon
– October 17: Hunter’s Moon
– November 15: Beaver Moon
– December 15: Cold Moon

As we marvel at the beauty of the Moon in its different phases, let us also reflect on the rich tapestry of cultures and histories that have woven intricate stories around this celestial body. Each full moon serves as a reminder of the interconnectedness of humanity with the natural world and the timeless wonder of the universe that surrounds us.”



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