Full Moon for May 2017

May Full Flower Moon Show
Flower Moon

Find the Full Moon for May 2017 date—plus, Moon phases, best days by the Moon, folklore, and more.

Full Blue Moon Show

This past May, The Old Farmer’s Almanac and Slooh presented live footage of the Full Moon through Slooh’s Canary Islands Observatory. Watch below!

Slooh Host, Paul Cox, and Slooh Astronomer, and Astronomy Editor for The Old Farmer’s Almanac, Bob Berman, are joined by Janice Stillman, Editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. They discuss what exactly a Blue Moon is, how this particular Full Moon got the name “Full Flower Moon,” and even how the placement of the Moon was once a key piece of evidence in a murder trial.

Watch show below.

You can go to Slooh.com to join and watch live broadcasts, snap and share your own photos during events, chat with audience members and interact with the hosts, and personally control Slooh’s telescopes.

Full Moon Names

We use Full Moon names that were used during Native American and Colonial times to help track the seasons. Depending on the tribe, May’s Full Moon was called the Full Flower Moon as well as Mother’s Moon, Milk Moon, and Corn Planting Moon. The May Moon marked a time of increasing fertility, with temperatures warm enough for safely bearing young, a near end to late frosts, and plants in bloom.

Learn more about Full Moon names and their meanings.

If you’re a mobile reader: Have the Moon phase dates at your fingertips. Download our Full Moon Finder.

Moon Phases for May 2017

All dates and times are ET. See the Moon Phase Calendar for your city/state.

First Quarter: May 2, 10:47 P.M.
Full Moon: May 10, 5:42 P.M.
Last Quarter: May 18, 8:33 P.M.
New Moon: May 25, 3:44 P.M.

For your next full Moon, see our Full Moon Dates chart.

Full Flower Moon Video

Each month, we will explain the traditional names of the full Moon along with some Moon facts.  Click below to watch the video and learn about May’s Full Flower Moon.

Best Days in May 2017

Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in May.

For Planting:

  • Aboveground crops: 1, 27, 28
  • Belowground crops: 19, 20

For Setting Eggs:

  • 6, 7, 15–17

For Fishing:

  • 1–10, 25–31

See Best Days for more activities.


Full Moon Folklore

  • Clothes washed for the first time in the Full Moon will not last long.
  • The Full Moon is an ideal time to accept a proposal of marriage.

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