When is the next full moon? May’s Flower Moon explained and the 2018 lunar calendar

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When is the next full moon? May’s Flower Moon explained and the 2018 lunar calendar

WE’RE treated to a full moon (almost) every month but there are a lot of different types during the year. Here is all you need to know our lunar calendar, when the next full moon is due and what type it will be… Getty Images Every 29.5 days, we see the moon’s full face and each month’s full moon has a special name What is a full moon? This spectacle occurs when the earth comes directly between the sun and the moon. It happens every 29 and a half days, and each month’s full moon has a special name. This is because Native American tribes kept track of the months of the year by the lunar calendar. Here’s the full list of upcoming full moons, the dates they fall on – and whether to catch them in the morning or evening. Which full moons have we already seen this year? JANUARY 2018: Wolf Moon Sometimes known as Old Moon, this spectacle shined brightest at 3.24am on January 2. Wolves were often heard howling with hunger in America around this time of year – which is how the moon got its name. JANUARY 2018: Snow Moon/Blue Moon January is a double treat for full moon fans – with a second supermoon on January 31. The moon, which will peak at 1.26pm, is named after America’s snowy season. Because it’s the second spectacle in a month, it can also be known as the Blue Moon . While some call it the Hunger Moon, because of the difficult hunting conditions at this time. FEBRUARY 2018: No full moon There is no full moon is February 2018, after the double excitement of January. The last time this happened was in 1999, and it occurs about four times-a-century. February is the only month when this is possible because, at 28 or 29 days, it’s shorter than the lunar cycle. MARCH 2018: Worm Moon This particular spectacle has many names – and can also be known as the Sap Moon, Crow Moon or Lenten Moon. In 2018, it fell on March 2 – and shone its brightest at 12.51am. Getty Images The month of January brings both the Wolf Moon and the Snow Moon When is the next full moon in 2018? APRIL 2018: Pink Moon Despite its name, don’t be expecting a pink moon. This spectacle is named after the wildflowers which grow in the United States and Canada in the spring. It’s also known as the Egg Moon or Fish Moon, because of the shad fish that swim upstream at this time of year. This moon is particularly important because it is used to fix the date of Easter, which falls on the first Sunday after the Pink Moon, and marks the start of the Jewish Passover. In 2018, the pink moon rises at April 30 at 01.58am. Getty Images The March Pink Moon sets the date for Easter MAY 2018: Flower Moon This moon marks signifies the blooming of flowers and the […]