Supermoon May 2013: What is Special About This Month's Full Flower Moon? [Full Year Calendar, Dates, and Names]

| May 23, 2013 10:56 PM EDT
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What is the difference between a full moon, super moon, blue moon, pink moon, full flower moon and more?  There seem to be so many different names for every month's full moon, it's hard to keep track of them.  Don't worry, we have a full year calendar of the full moons for this year, and their special names.

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According to earthsky.org, there are "4-6 supermoons per year on average."  This year's May super moon falling on May 25, 2013 is also referred to as the Flower Moon, Rose Moon or Strawberry Moon.  May 25 happens to be the day before lunar perigee which is "the moon's closest point to Earth for this month," earth sky reported.  

One definition of a super moon is:

a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit.

There is no big difference between the different full moons throughout the year.  They do not appear in different colors - just your average beautiful round full moon.  

Below is the special full moon calendar for the year 2013 taken from http://www.farmersalmanac.com.

 

Full Moon Calendar 2013

January 26th

Full Wolf Moon

11:38 pm

February 25th

Full Snow Moon

3:26 pm

March 27th

Full Worm Moon

5:27 am

April 25th

Full Pink Moon

3:57 pm

May 25th

Full Flower Moon

12:25 am

June 23rd

Full Strawberry Moon

7:32 am

July 22nd

Full Thunder Moon

2:16 pm

August 20th

Full Sturgeon Moon

9:45 pm

September 19th

Full Harvest Moon

7:13 am

October 18th

Full Hunter's Moon

7:38 pm

November 17th

Full Beaver Moon

10:16 am

December 17th

Full Cold Moon

4:28 am

 

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