Technically, we don’t have a Full Moon until 9:20 a.m. CDT (3:20 p.m. UTC). But by that time, the Moon is long set in North Texas. So here is the almost-Full Moon of May 2018. 😉
Full Flower Moon (05-28-2018)
Names: Flower Moon, Milk Moon, Planting Moon, Merry Moon
Nature is in full bloom and the fertility and abundance of the world is felt everywhere. Earth is celebrating the joyful and playful aspects of life with fresh green leaves, roses and birdsong. The May Full Moon is about romance, joy and fun. It’s a time to celebrate our partners, our friends and our families. It is time to get out into nature. It is time to splurge a little and have some fun. (www.naturesuburban.com)
This morning, I got up early to capture the Pink Full Moon. The April Full Moon called “pink”, because at this time of the year, the Prairies are covered in pink flowers. I see a lot of Evening Primroses blooming all over the fields, when I bring the girls to school in the morning.
This year the April Full Moon shines bright in the night sky in the morning before Beltane. Beltane/May Day is one of the yearly Sabbath on the Wheel of the Year. It focuses on fertility and rituals like May Pole dancing.
Jupiter is the companion of April’s Pink Full Moon this year.
The Pink Full Moon (04-30-2018)
This morning at 7:37 a.m. (CDT), we had the second Full Moon of March. Therefore it is called a Blue Moon. This year we had two Blue Moons. The first one occurred on January 31st. Today’s Moon is also the first Moon of Spring. And it is called the Sap Moon. Because, this is the time of the year the sap weeps from the Maple trees.
The Blue/Sap Full Moon on March 31, 2018
The next Blue Moon will occur on October 31, 2020 … Spooky Full Moon 😉
Tonight’s Full Worm Moon is also the last Moon before the Vernal Equinox (03-01-2018)
The Full Moon in March is the Worm Moon. It is also called Lenten Moon, Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Chaste Moon, Sugar Moon, Sap Moon. It’s the last Full Moon before the vernal equinox.
Lunar Eclipse at 6:34 a.m. CST (01-31-2018)
Lunar Eclipse at 6:43 a.m. CST (01-31-2018)
Lunar Eclipse at 6:46 a.m. CST (01-31-2018)
It was a perfect morning with no cloud in the sky, temperatures in the mid 40s (7ºC); the Moon was still up and hadn’t set yet. If I hadn’t made the toilet my best friend last night, I would have gone to the field next to Sara’s school this morning. But I needed to stay close by my house. And so I decided to capture the show from my frontyard. Now thinking about it, it actually gives the photos more personal character. I can relate to it more, since I captured it from my own street. Sometimes certain moments work out for the best. 🙂
Lunar Eclipse at 6:53 a.m. CST (01-31-2018)
Lunar Eclipse at 6:54 a.m. CST (01-31-2018)
Next “Blue Moon”
I’ve just noticed, we will have no Full Moon in February. But therefore we will have a second Blue Moon in March for this year. It also depends, were you live on the planet, and at what time the Full Moon phases will be present, f.e. Far East Asia, Australia, etc. had no Blue Moon. Because their Full Moon phase was on February 1, 2018.
The first Full Moon of 2018
Today we celebrate New Year and the first Full Moon of the year 2018. In January it is closest to Earth of this year. Luna will only be 221,559 miles (356,565 kilometers) from our planet at 8:24 pm CST (Central Standard Time in the US), tonight. On average, the moon is about 238,000 miles (382,900 km) from Earth. That’s why we call it a “Supermoon”. On January 31, 2018 we will have a Full Blue Moon, which will also be a “Supermoon”.
The December Full Moon is a Supermoon.
Technically the Moon won’t be full until 9:47 CST, tomorrow morning. But by that time Luna has set and won’t be visible for us in Texas.
It also will be a Supermoon (Lunar perigee) in the early morning hours of Monday, December 4. The distance between Earth and Moon will be 222135 miles (357,492 km), compared to the Lunar apogee distance of 252526 miles (406,401 km) in June 2017. This explains why the Moon looks so much bigger, when it rises in the December sky this year.
The December Full Moon before Yule (Winter Solstice) is also called Full Cold Moon or Long Nights Moon, because Winter sets in and the nights never seem to end.