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Milk Moon

Under a Full Moon ~ Vesak ~ Man in the Moon
A Pale Moon
"A Pale Moon" by Peter Sculthorpe

The full moon in May is often referred to as the Milk Moon.

This full moon was known as the Full Flower Moon by Native Americans because this is the time of year when spring flowers appear in abundance. 

It has also been dubbed the Corn Planting Moon, Corn Moon, Hare's Moon, and Mother's Moon with its proximity to Mother's Day.

Buddhists refer to the May full moon as Buddha Poornima, while Hindus call it Vesak Poya.


A holy day in Buddhism, Vesak celebrates the birth, the Enlightenment, and the death of the Buddha. See Buddha's Birthday.

Depending on the community, celebrations may occur in the weeks before or after the first full moon in May.

Man in the Moon

Look at what's rising: Luna, Selene, man in the Moon.

Much of the universe, as we know it, is strange and distant, full of lifeless orbs and wild cataclysms and dark voids. We know little about the quasars and nebulae and supernovae of outer space. Through our telescopes we peer at stars and planets and galaxies, but how well do we really know them? We can only see what we can see.

The moon is different. It is closer to us than any other heavenly object, both physically and imaginatively. It has been part of our stories and dreams since the dawn of time. It's the stuff of nursery rhymes.

  -- continued in Rural Delivery

Under a Full Moon

The 2015 Milk Moon occurs at 3:42 UTC on May 4.

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