Full Moon May 2023: The Full Flower Moon

Mark your calendars for the next May 2023 Full Moon. The next May full moon is Thursday May 7, 2020 6:45 AM EDT or 11:45 AM UTC based on the data provided by NASA. It will be the fifth of the thirteen full moons in 2023.

A full moon occurs when the Earth is directly between the Sun and Moon so that the moon looks completely illuminated when you look at it. It happens about once a month or, 29.53 days on average.

Ready to dive a little deeper into the May 2023 Full Moon? Learn more about the moon’s nicknames and other facts.

Photo of the moon for the Full Moon May 2023 date, the Full Flower Moon

The dates and times provided by NASA in United States Eastern Time (ET) account for both Eastern Standard Time (EST) and Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) for part of the year in the United States. Also below is the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) time. This was previously referred to as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Since your local time zone may be different, the exact dates may shift slightly for your calendar.

What is the name of the May 2023 Full Moon?

The Full Moon in May 2023 is commonly referred to as the Full Flower Moon. This name probably isn’t a surprise when you think of the saying: “April Showers bring May Flowers”. Welcome to spring and the flowers that come with the season.

While the April full moon name doesn’t reference rain, the May full moon matches the time-honored saying.

Other nicknames for the May Full Moon include the Corn Planting Moon, and Milk Moon.

Which season includes the May Full Moon?

In 2023, the May Full Moon will be the second full moon of the Spring 2023 season. It will be the second full moon after the Vernal Equinox in 2023.

The Vernal or Spring equinox marks the beginning of astronomical spring and the end of astronomical winter in the Northern Hemisphere.

In 2023, the Vernal Equinox will be Monday March 20, 2023 5:25 PM EDT or 10:25 PM UTC.

When is the new moon for the 2023 Full Flower Moon?

The lunar cycle for the May Full Moon will begin with its new moon in April 2023. The New Flower Moon will be on Thursday April 20, 2023 12:12 AM EDT or 5:12 AM UTC and will be in the new moon in Aries. There will also be a Hybrid Solar Eclipse during the New Flower Moon in April.

The new moon that will occur in May 2023 will be the start of the lunar cycle of the June full moon.

Future May Full Moons

Wondering about May in the future and when the full moons will occur? Here’s a list for the next few years.

YearDay of the weekFuture May Full Moons
2023FridayMay 5, 2023 1:34 PM EDT
2024ThursdayMay 23, 2024 9:53 AM EDT
2025MondayMay 12, 2025 12:56 PM EDT
2026FridayMay 1, 2026 1:23 PM EDT
2026SundayMay 31, 2026 4:45 AM EDT (Blue Moon)
2027ThursdayMay 20, 2027 6:59 AM EDT
2028MondayMay 8, 2028 3:49 PM EDT
2029SundayMay 27, 2029 2:37 PM EDT

Past May Full Moons

And what about the past? Here is when the full moon occurred in the past for May.

YearDay of the weekPast May Full Moons
2022MondayMay 16, 2022 12:14 AM EDT
2021WednesdayMay 26, 2021 7:14 AM EDT
2020ThursdayMay 7, 2020 6:45 AM EDT
2019SaturdayMay 18, 2019 5:11 PM EDT
2018TuesdayMay 29, 2018 10:20 AM EDT
2017WednesdayMay 10, 2017 5:43 PM EDT

Frequently Asked Questions

Have additional questions about the May Full Moons? Here are a few of the frequently asked questions to help you.

When was the May 2022 full moon?

The May 2022 Full Moon was on Monday May 16, 2022 12:14 AM EDT or 5:14 AM UTC. This will be the second full moon of the Spring 2022 season as the March 2023 full moon occurred before the Spring Equinox.

When was the May 2021 full moon?

The May 2021 Full Moon was on Wednesday May 26, 2021 7:14 AM EDT or 12:14 PM UTC. This will be the third and last full moon of the Spring 2021 season as the March 2021 full moon occurred after the Spring Equinox.

When was the May 2020 full moon?

The May 2020 Full Moon was on Thursday May 7, 2020 6:45 AM EDT or 11:45 AM UTC. It was the second full moon of the Spring 2020 season because the March 2020 full moon occurred before the Vernal Equinox in 2020.

Future Full Moon Calendars

And if you’re looking for when the full moon occurs for the rest of the year, check out these future full moon calendars.

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Photo of the moon for the May 2023 Full Moon, the Full Flower Moon