May’s full ‘Flower Moon’ rises after lunar eclipse

If you’re a sky watcher, you won’t want to miss Friday night’s full moon.

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Called the “Flower Moon,” Friday’s full moon was named by Native American tribes as a tribute to the spring season in North America. A great many names have been assigned to lunar cycles throughout history, the Sky said, and while this moon won’t look like a flower, the moniker is a nod to the time of year when spring blooms appear.

“According to this almanac, as the full Moon in May the Algonquin tribes of what is now the north-eastern United States called this the Flower Moon for the flowers that are abundant this time of year,” NASA said.

Other nicknames for the full moon at this time of year include “Corn Moon,” NASA said.

Friday’s Flower Moon will rise at around 8:21 p.m. in D.C., and will be visible around the same time in other parts of North America, the Washington Post reported. The moon will set at sunrise Sunday.

The Flower Moon occurs at roughly the same time as a penumbral lunar eclipse. said that the lunar eclipse Friday will only be visible to the Eastern Hemisphere and will not be visible from New York City.

Those of us in the West can still get a glimpse. You can watch a livestream of the penumbral eclipse HERE.