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May's 'Flower' moon approaches peak illumination in Kamloops, Okanagan

FILE - This undated photo shows the Flower moon approaching peak illumination in skies over Kamloops.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Kevin Palmer

The May moon is waxing to full this week and sky watchers in the Thompson-Okanagan region should have a few windows of opportunity to see it clearly.

Also called the Flower Moon, Corn Moon and Milk Moon among other names, the moon will reach its peak illumination at 6:53 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, appearing full for about three days around this time, according to NASA.

The full Flower Moon gets it name from the Algonquin tribes of the north eastern United States for the flowers that are abundant at this time of year, according to the Old Farmers Almanac. An old English name for this full moon is the Milk Moon referring to month where cows could be milked three times a day.

For optimal viewing and photography opportunities, sky watchers should find a vantage point high up in elevation away from city light pollution, and allow their eyes to adjust to the darkness for half and hour, NASA said. 

Rain and cloud are in the overnight forecast for Kamloops and the Okanagan this week. The best nights for sky watching are on May 23 in Kamloops and May 24 in the Okanagan when cloudy periods are predicted. 

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The overnight forecast in Kamloops this week is calling for rain on Wednesday night, periods of cloud on Thursday night and cloudy overnight skies on Friday.

The overnight forecast in the Okanagan this week is calling for showers on Wednesday and Thursday nights and cloudy periods on Friday night.

If you get great photos of the full Flower Moon and want to share, send them to news@infonews.ca.


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