May’s full moon is coming up over the weekend, with the moment of the full moon coming at 5:11 pm on Saturday, May 18th (all times here based on midcoast Maine). There should be good photo opportunities (weather permitting) on Saturday morning for moonset at 5:15 am (just after sunrise at 5:06), Saturday night for moonrise at 7:48 pm just before sunset at 7:59 pm.
The full moon of May 2019 is also considered a “blue moon” by some standards as well. The most common definition of a blue moon is the second of two full moons in the same month, but another traditional definition is a moon that is the third of four full moons in a season (in this case, between the spring equinox and the summer solstice).
Milk Moon, Flower Moon, and Planting Moon are some of the most common names for May’s full moon, but I also love names from other cultures such as the Dragon Moon, Buddha Moon, and Bright Moon. I’ve included a few May full moons here, and you can see my full Adventure in Celestial Mechanics project here.