See the Full Flower Moon of May 2018 in a Slooh Webcast Tonight!

May's full moon will shine bright tonight, but if cloudy skies ruin your view, don't fret; you can watch the lunar sight live online.

The full moon of May 2018 is known as the Full Flower Moon. It will star in a live webcast on tonight (May 29), beginning at 7 p.m. EDT (2300 GMT).

You can also watch the full-moon webcast on, courtesy of the Slooh online observatory. The webcast will feature live views of the moon rising over the Andes mountains of South America from Slooh's observatory in Chile. The webcast will also feature views of the full moon from Slooh's flagship observatory at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands, in Spain. [May 2018 Full Moon: Here's What to Expect]

The full moon of may 2018 rises on May 29. Here, a view the full moon of April, 30, 2018 as seen by an astronaut on the International Space Station. (Image credit: NASA)

May's full moon actually peaked earlier today, at 10:20 a.m. EDT (1420 GMT), but the moon can still appear full to casual observers at least one day ahead of and after the actual event.

Observers also have a chance to see the brilliant planet Venus, which shines brightly in the western sky as the moon rises in the east. Jupiter is also visible in the constellation Libra this evening.

During tonight's webcast, Slooh's Paul Cox will be "going back-to-basics to explain how our moon formed, what causes lunar phases, as well as an unusual phenomenon where the moon appears to 'rock and roll'!" Slooh representatives said in a statement.

Slooh's Helen Avery will also explain exactly why May's full moon is best known as the Full Flower Moon. She'll also discuss other names for the moon and their history, according to a show description.

During the webcast, Slooh will also kick off its "How Many Moons in One Night?" challenge, to see how moons of solar system planets users can spot using the company's robotic telescopes in a single night. 

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