A breathtaking full flower moon will dazzle Vancouver skies next month


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Vancouverites were privy to a rare super blood wolf moon earlier this year, and they’ll get to view a beautiful full flower moon this May.

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, “The May full Moon marked a time of increasing fertility, with temperatures warm enough for safely bearing young, a near end to late frosts, and plants in bloom.”

They note that Native peoples would give distinctive names to each reoccurring full moon to mark the change of seasons. As such, many of these names arose when Native Americans first interacted with colonialists.

The May full moon is also known as the Mother’s Moon, Milk Moon, and Corn Planting Moon.

The full moon takes place on Saturday, May 8, and it will be at its fullest at 2:11 pm. However, the moon will be nearly 100 per cent full later that night. In fact, it will be 99 per cent full on Friday, May 7 as well as Sunday, May 9.

Stargazers should opt to travel as far away from city lights as possible in order to avoid light pollution that will obscure the clarity of heavenly bodies. While this works best in more remote places, anywhere that has a higher elevation will also provide more ideal viewing conditions.