May’s full moon is coming up fast on Wednesday night, with sunset and moonset both happening at 7:55 pm here in Midcoast Maine. The weather this time of year is notoriously fickle and this year is no exception (to put it mildly!), and the current forecast is for total cloud coverage tomorrow night.
The moon will essentially appear full the days before and after the actual moment of the full moon, and based on the forecasts up here, tonight is the best and maybe only opportunity to view the rise or set of the full moon. Tonight moonrise is at 6:48 pm and sunset is at 7:54 pm. It will likely be lovely but it will be tough photographically, as the moon will be very bright by the time sunset colors arrive. But you never know…
Because of the weather here in Maine, I’ve only had one successful May full moon photograph, and it is the Milk Moon above (luckily, it is one of my favorites!). The Milk Moon is the Colonial American name for May’s full moon, and other common names are the Flower Moon or Corn Plant Moon (Algonquin), Planting Moon (Cherokee), and the Strawberry Moon (Potawatomi).
You can see my full moon series on my photography website. Good luck viewing!