What is May’s Flower Moon, and what else you’ll see this summer in Iowa

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By Good Info News Wire

May 21, 2024

In Iowa’s rolling landscapes, May’s Flower Moon marks a season of blooming and renewal.

Though it isn’t specifically named after the wildflowers that blanket the state’s prairies, this full moon does highlight the beauty of spring—a crucial time for gardeners, farmers, and nature lovers—and symbolizes growth.

Here’s what you need to know about it.

What is the Flower Moon?

The Flower Moon is the full moon of May and usually the fifth full moon of the year. Full moons happen when the Earth lines up between the sun and moon, which lets sunlight fully light up the moon. When this happens, we can see a bright and completely round circle in the sky.

But this particular celestial event holds special meaning.

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What is the meaning behind the Flower Moon?

The Flower Moon, traditionally occurring in May, gets its name from the abundant blooming that happens across North America during this month.

This full moon also carries various names that echo the activities and observations of different cultures during this period. For example, the Cree call it the Budding Moon or Planting Moon, emphasizing the time to sow seeds and the sprouting of new plant life.

Another traditional name, the Milk Moon, reflects the old English observation of cows producing more milk as the days grow longer and warmer. These names are not just labels but carry deeper connections to the Earth’s renewal and the cycles of life that Indigenous peoples and early European immigrants observed closely.

When is the Flower Moon happening in Iowa?

The Flower Moon in Iowa will be below the horizon when it is fully visible on May 23, 2024, at 8:53 a.m. local time.

But skywatchers can enjoy the best visibility of the Flower Moon on the nights of May 22 and May 23.

How to make the most of the Flower Moon

In many spiritual beliefs, the Flower Moon is seen as a sacred time of blossoming and awakening. It serves as a reminder to appreciate the beauty in the world and practice patience with yourself and others.

The time during the lunar event is ideal for nurturing the new beginnings you are cultivating, encouraging you to be gentle with yourself on your journey. It’s also associated with heightened emotions and clarity, fostering both personal and collective development.

Consider using this time to reflect on your progress and appreciate the small victories along your path.

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Other summer celestial events visible in Iowa in 2024

Strawberry Moon – June 21

The Strawberry Moon, named for the ripening of wild strawberries, will reach peak illumination on June 21, 2024. This full moon is an excellent opportunity for nighttime photography enthusiasts to capture its soft, golden glow against Iowa’s landscapes.

Delta Aquariids Meteor Shower – July 28-29

Peaking in the early hours before dawn, this meteor shower can show up to 20 meteors per hour under clear skies. It’s an ideal event for those who enjoy the tranquility of late-night sky watching, offering a splendid display of shooting stars streaking across the summer sky.

Perseid Meteor Shower – August 12-13

One of the most anticipated meteor showers of the year, the Perseids will offer a spectacular show from late evening on August 12 until dawn on August 13. With up to 100 meteors per hour, this event promises bright, fast meteors — perfect for a summer night’s adventure under the stars.

Blue Moon – August 19

This rare occurrence, the second full moon of August, will peak on August 19. Known as a Blue Moon, this event offers a unique viewing opportunity, providing a splendid visual twice in one month. It’s a perfect moment for moon watchers to gather and appreciate the lunar charm.

This article first appeared on Good Info News Wire and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.What is May’s Flower Moon, and what else you’ll see this summer in IowaWhat is May’s Flower Moon, and what else you’ll see this summer in Iowa

This story was generated in part by AI and edited by Iowa Starting Line staff.

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