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07 MAY 2020...
This full MOON is the third and final full supermoon of 2020. It is also the third-closest, third-biggest and third-brightest full moon of the year.

May's full moon is most commonly known as the “Flower Moon” due to an abundance of flowers blooming in most areas during the month. Other names include the “Full Corn Planting Moon, Mother's Moon, “Milk Moon”, “Hare Moon”, “Grass Moon”, or the “Planting Moon”. The Lakota Sioux call it the “Moon of the Shedding Ponies”. The Nunamiut Eskimos called it the “Moon when the ice goes out of the Rivers”.

While most full moons of the year look similar, they each have unique names.

Full moon names date back to Native Americans, living in what is now the northern and eastern United States. Those tribes of a few hundred years ago kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred.

There were some variations in the moon names, but in general, the same ones were used among the Algonquin tribes from New England on west to Lake Superior. European settlers followed their own customs and created some of their own names. Since the lunar month is roughly 29.5 days in length on average, the dates of the full moon shift from year to year. P5070846