The names of every full moon

It's true. Every full moon has a named for something related to the season it is in.

At least once a month, the full moon shines from the heavens but did you know each full moon has a name? According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, these names originated from Native Americans and the Colonials adopted many of the names.

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Here’s when each full moon of 2020 happens…

  • January 10 – Full Wolf Moon – Attributed to the howling of wolves that tend to happen most in January.
  • February 9 – Full Snow Moon – Based on the fact that the heaviest snows fall this month.
  • March 9 – Full Worm Moon – Farmers noticed that worms in the ground become active signaling the robins to appear and it was time to start planting.
  • April 7 – Full Pink Moon – Some of the first flowers bloom during April.
  • May 7 – Full Flower Moon – When many flowers come into season.
  • June 5 – Full Strawberry Moon – Farmers used this moon to start picking strawberries.
  • July 5 – Full Buck Moon – Hunters knew that this moon meant that a deer’s antlers were in full growth.
  • August 3- Full Sturgeon Moon – Fishermen around the Great Lakes began to catch scores of sturgeons around this time every year.
  • September 2 – Full Corn Moon – Time to start harvesting the corn!
  • October 1 – Full Hunter Moon – As Fall is in full swing, it is time to start hunting for food to last through the winter.
  • October 31 – Blue Moon – Occurs when two full moons occur on the same month.
  • November 30 – Full Beaver Moon – Trappers and hunters set out to procure furs to keep everyone warm in the winter.
  • December 29 – Full Cold Moon – The nights are long and dark and temperatures drop.

full moon names

A few other full moon names exist which can be combined with the main names. In 2019, we experienced a trifecta of full moon names.

  • Super Moon – Happens when the moon is at its closest point to the earth. Two super moons happen in 2020 on March 9 and April 7.
  • Red Moon – See the red moon whenever there is a lunar eclipse.
  • Harvest Moon – The full moon closest to the Autumn Equinox (September 22, 2020) will take place on October 1.

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