How to see and photograph the Flower Moon in Worcester this week

Worcester residents can look out for May's Full Moon, the Flower Moon this week <i>(Image: Getty)</i>
Worcester residents can look out for May's Full Moon, the Flower Moon this week (Image: Getty)

Whether you caught a glimpse of the recent Northern Lights display or not, it’s now time to look up to sky again as the Flower Moon is set to make an appearance this week.

If you like to marvel at the goings on in our skies, you might be wondering how you can see the Flower Moon in Worcester.

The Royal Museums Greenwich (RMG) website offers some tips on how to see the full moon and explains what the Flower Moon is.

What is the Flower Moon?

The RMG website says: “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 and photograph the Flower Moon in Worcester

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.

It explains that the basics of taking a picture of the moon remains the same whether you choose to use a phone, compact camera or SLR.

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

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You should try to set your camera up away from buildings and other light sources.

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.

Then pick the perfect spot to capture everything.