As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. So, it's no wonder that this upcoming celestial event on May 7 is called the Full Flower Moon. Last year, the supermoon was coincidentally blue. So, we guess you could say it only happens once in a blue moon. *winks*
If you're like us, the name brings cheerful thoughts of springtime tulips, floral scents, and garden walks to mind.
Unfortunately, the moon does not really turn the color blue. But the definition is just as beautiful as the imagery it brings to mind. And it has a pretty rich history.
According to the Farmer's Almanac, this May wonder was dubbed as the "flower moon" by First Peoples in North America.
You may also recognize it from the nicknames Mother's Moon, Milk Moon, and Corn Planting Moon. The Algonquin tribes named the lovely sight to celebrate the end of winter frost and the flourishing of plants during warmer weather.
So, what causes this supermoon event?
Newsweek reports that this seemingly larger, brighter moon is actually due to the lunar cycle.
The moon's phases take 29.5 to complete and there are 354 days for every twelve full cycles. So, every three to four years, we get to see a lovely full flower moon.
If you want to see this year's wonder, you've got to stay up late - or be a super early riser. Your choice. The full moon will be visible at 3:45 a.m. PST on May 7.
The May moon will reach its "peak illumination" on day 18. To see the full satellite in all its glory, wait for the sun to set. It certainly seems worth the wait.
Then, you can sit back and soak in all the wonder, courtesy of Mother Nature. All you need is a chair, blanket, and the night sky to keep you company.