Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Full Moon Tonight: Wednesday, May 10, 2017


CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- There will be a Full Moon on Sunday, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, beginning with a moonrise over the Atlantic Ocean at 7:58 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (with a few minutes of variation depending on your exact location).


The Full Moon will be 99.7% full tonight before it sets the following morning at 7:15 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

For those planning a moonlit stroll along the beach on Florida's East Coast, this Full Moon brings along with it a 3'9" Atlantic Ocean high tide that will occur around 8:37 p.m. EDT (with a slight time and height variation depending on your exact location).

During the spring and summer months, a Full Moon also draws out increased sea turtle hatching and nesting activity on Florida's beaches at night. So, watch your step when walking along the beach.


Why is this Full Moon in May named the Flower Moon or Corn-planting Moon?

These full moon names are associated with seasonal occurrences that happen in May. Summer flowers begin to bloom in May which is why it is called a Flower Moon.  Corn-planting Moon gets its name from the start of corn planting that happen in May.

Image Credit: NASA