Flower Moon to be visible in London today- Best ways to see celestial event

Find out how you can see the Flower Moon today in London. <i>(Image: Getty)</i>
Find out how you can see the Flower Moon today in London. (Image: Getty)

In recent weeks Londoners have been lucky enough to see a dazzling display of the Northern Lights.

Now there is another celestial event set to wow many today, May 23, with the Flower Moon.

The Flower Moon will take to the night sky this evening, and if you're hoping to get a look at the event, here's some advice on how to see it with the best view.

What is the Flower Moon?

According to the RMG website, they share: “Over time, different cultures have given names to full moons across the lunar calendar.

"Many of the Moon’s nicknames have come to us from Native American culture because for their way of life, the cycles of the lunar phases were just as important a method of timekeeping as the longer solar cycle of the year (from which the modern Gregorian calendar is derived).

“The number of Moon names differs slightly from tribe to tribe, but many assign either 12 or 13 full moons to the year.

"These names were then adopted by the Colonial Americans and have entered popular culture; below you can see a few alternatives alongside the most popular names for each month's full moon.”

May’s Flower Moon is named as such to acknowledge the “abundant blooming” as spring really begins.

RMG adds: “Many cultures refer to May's full moon as the flower moon thanks to the abundant blooming that occurs as spring gets going properly. Other names include the hare moon, the corn planting moon, and the milk moon.”

How to see the Flower Moon in London

The Flower Moon will be visible at 1.53pm on Thursday, May 23.

If you’re wondering how to get the best pictures of the Flower Moon, following RMG’s photography tips could help you out.

They explain that the basics of taking a picture of the moon remain the same whether you choose to use a phone, compact camera or SLR.


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You’ll need to go to a location that has an unobstructed view of the moon for several hours.

It adds: “If you want to focus just on the Moon, you'll need a telephoto lens or telescope. These aren't necessary if you're trying for more of a landscape photograph, but just remember that if you want to include specific landmarks or features then you'll need to plan ahead for the best shot.”

It’s worth finding out when the Moon will rise and set and you’ll need to work out where in the sky you might want it to be.