'Flower Moon' set to appear in British skies tonight

The full moon should be visible after 8pm, with clear skies expected

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Stargazers are in for a treat tonight as this year's May full moon, known as Flower Moon, is set to blossom over Britain.

The spectacle should be on display shortly after 8pm as the moon rises with clear skies expected.

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It will appear full to the casual observer all evening and could stay visible for up to 10 hours.

But it won't reach peak fullness until late at night when experts predict it will be 99 per cent illuminated.

Why is it called the Flower, Milk or Frog Moon?

According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, Native Americans named May's full moon the Full Flower Moon as well as Mother's Moon, Corn Planting Moon or Milk Moon, though the milk in this case would probably have referred to the plant milkweed, not cows' milk.

The name would be different dependent on what tribe the Native Americans belonged to.

It is known as 'Flower Moon' as the May moon marks a time of increasing fertility when temperatures are warm enough for plants to bloom while signalling an end to late frosts.

Elsewhere, people of the Cree Nation in northern Montana and parts of Canada named it the Frog Moon because this was the time of year frogs became active.

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