The Full Flower Blue Moon will be at its peak today, Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 5:11 p.m., Of course, it will be glorious later at night once it gets darker — perfect for the Luminaria Ceremony at 9 p.m.
According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, this moon is referred to as “blue” not because of its color or appearance, but because it marks the third time in a season that there’s been a full moon.
“If a season has four full moons, then the third full moon in the season may be called a Blue Moon,” the Almanac reads.
Seasonal blue moons occur on average once every two or three years, and the next one won’t be until October 31, 2020, so appreciate this one while you are walking the track tonight.
According to the Almanac, the “full flower” name for the full moon during the month of May, simply because it’s typically the month when flowers bloom.