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.
Here’s when each full moon of 2021 happens…
- January 28 – Full Wolf Moon – Attributed to the howling of wolves that tend to happen most in January.
- February 27 – Full Snow Moon – Based on the fact that the heaviest snows fall this month.
- March 28 – 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 26 – Full Pink Moon – Some of the first flowers bloom during April.
- May 26 – Full Flower Moon – When many flowers come into season.
- June 24 – Full Strawberry Moon – Farmers used this moon to start picking strawberries.
- July 23 – Full Buck Moon – Hunters knew that this moon meant that a deer’s antlers were in full growth.
- August 22- Full Sturgeon Moon – Fishermen around the Great Lakes began to catch scores of sturgeons around this time every year.
- September 20 – Full Corn Moon – Time to start harvesting the corn!
- October 20 – Full Hunter Moon – As Fall is in full swing, it is time to start hunting for food to last through the winter.
- November 19 – Full Beaver Moon – Trappers and hunters set out to procure furs to keep everyone warm in the winter.
- December 18 – Full Cold Moon – The nights are long and dark and temperatures drop.
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. Four(!) super moons happen in a row during 2021 on March 28, April 27, May 26 and June 24.
- Red Moon – See the red moon whenever there is a lunar eclipse. A total lunar eclipse is scheduled for May 26 and will take place over the Pacific Ocean. The western part of the United States will see some effects.
- Harvest Moon – The full moon closest to the Autumn Equinox (September 21, 2021) will take place on September 20.
- Blue Moon – When there are two full moons occurring in the same month. 2021 will have a ‘seasonal’ blue moon which is known as a third of four full moons appearing in the same season.
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