What's the best time to view Flower Moon this week?

Fifth full moon of 2024 to illuminate skies between Wednesday, Thursday but how to get the best view?

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May's Flower Moon to be visible this week. — BBC Science Focus

The "Flower Moon", which will be the fifth full moon of 2024, is set to rise in the east as the sun sets in the west lighting up skies this week.

According to a report by Forbes, the full moon of May will be visible between Wednesday and Thursday this week, giving viewers a stunning sight.

However, when is the best time to view the full moon?

According to the report, the best time to view the full moon is when it rises on the eastern horizon after sunset, when the full moon appears larger and takes on a beautiful, muted orange hue.

Here's what you need to do to get the best view of May's Flower Moon.

Moonrise, moonset calculator

Check the moonrise times in your area with the help of a reliable moonrise and moonset calculator.

Unobstructed viewing location

Find a location with a clear view of the eastern horizon and avoid areas with tall buildings or dense forests.

Arrive early at viewing location

Arrive at your chosen viewing spot a little before the calculated moonrise time to witness the entire ascent of the moon.

Better to bring binoculars

Although you don't need binoculars but it would be wise to carry them along as they may enhance your viewing experience, revealing more details of the moon’s surface and its proximity to Antares.