Along the lakefront on Wednesday night, May 26, people gathered in groups or singly to witness the moonrise, which took place starting around 9 p.m.

The May full moon is called the Flower Moon because of the proliferation of flowers this time of year.

The moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth, making it appear larger than typical full moons; the technical name for a supermoon is a perigee syzygy.

Because of the total lunar eclipse that took place early in the morning on May 26, the moon that evening retained much of the red-orange color it takes on when it is in the shadow of the Earth, giving the moon a third appellation: the blood moon.

Photos by Mary De Jong, Pete De Jong, Larry Gavin, and Mary Gavin

Mary Gavin

Mary Gavin is the founder of the Evanston RoundTable. After 23 years as its publisher and manager, she helped transition the RoundTable to nonprofit status in 2021. She continues to write, edit, mentor...