Tomorrow at 3:20 p.m., the Strawberry Moon will reach its full stage. Normally, the May Moon is the Flower Moon, but things got out of kilter because February had no Full Moon and March had two Moons, both the Worm and Pink Moons. The Flower Moon was April 29.
The Strawberry Moon is the name assigned this particular Moon by some American Indian tribes in New England because this was when strawberries ripened in the region. The American colonists originally called it the Rose Moon and the Celts called it the Moon of Horses. Moon names among American Indians differed in accordance with the environment and local culture.
Tonight, May 28, may be the best time to experience the full effect of the almost-full waxing gibbous Strawberry Moon, which will appear over the southeast horizon at or around sunset. While you’re gazing skyward this evening, the brilliant starlike light popping out above the moon will be the planet Jupiter.
Moonrise this evening will be as follows:
Eastport, Maine - 8:05 p.m. Pensacola, Florida - 7 p.m. Omaha, Nebraska - 7:56 p.m. Los Alamitas, California - 7:14 p.m.
Sources: Bruce McClure, EarthSky, May 28, 2018; Vickie Oliphant, The Express, March 14, 2018; and The Old Farmer's Almanac. Photo by Rich Hoag.