Category Archives: FULL MOONS

Harvest Moon: The Moon will be Full at 5:58 AM September 10, 2022 EST

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Harvest Moon
Harvest Moon

There’s a link to Neil Young’s HARVEST MOON below.

From The Old Farmer’s Almanac
September’s full Harvest Moon reaches its peak in the early morning hours of September 10, 2022. Learn how the Harvest Moon got its name—plus, see Moon phase dates, Best Days by the Moon, folklore, and more!

When to See the Full Moon in September 2022
This year, look for September’s full Harvest Moon to appear just after sunset on Friday, September 9. It then reaches peak illumination at 5:58 A.M. Eastern Time on Saturday the 10th, drifting below the horizon shortly thereafter.

Why Is It Called the Harvest Moon?
The full Moon names used by The Old Farmer’s Almanac come from a number of places, including Native American, Colonial American, and European sources. Traditionally, each full Moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred and through all of the Moon’s phases—not only the full Moon. The Harvest Moon, however, is a bit different!

The Harvest Moon
The full Moon that happens nearest to the fall equinox (September 22 or 23) always takes on the name “Harvest Moon.” Unlike other full Moons, this full Moon rises at nearly the same time—around sunset—for several evenings in a row, giving farmers several extra evenings of moonlight and allowing them to finish their harvests before the frosts of fall arrive. Read more about the Harvest Moon!

While September’s full Moon is usually known as the Harvest Moon, if October’s full Moon happens to occur closer to the equinox than September’s, it takes on the name “Harvest Moon” instead. In this case, September’s full Moon is referred to as the Corn Moon.

The Corn Moon
This time of year—late summer into early fall—corresponds with the time of harvesting corn in much of the northern United States. For this reason, a number of Native American peoples traditionally used some variation of the name “Corn Moon” to refer to the Moon of either August or September. Examples include Corn Maker Moon (Western Abenaki) and Corn Harvest Moon (Dakota).

Alternative September Moon Names
Other Moon names for this month highlight how September is the transitional period between summer and fall:

Autumn Moon (Cree)
Falling Leaves Moon (Ojibwe)
Leaves Turning Moon (Anishinaabe)
Moon of Brown Leaves (Lakota)
Yellow Leaf Moon (Assiniboine)

The behavior of animals is also a common theme, with Child Moon (Tlingit) referring to the time when young animals are weaned, and Mating Moon and Rutting Moon (both Cree) describing the time of year when certain animals, like moose, elk, and deer, are looking to mate.

Read more about full Moon names and their traditional meanings here.

Here’s a Full Moon Video featuring Amy Nieskens

And here’s a link to neal Young’s HARVEST MOON

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August’s full Sturgeon Moon reaches its peak at 9:36 P.M. on Thursday, August 11, 2022 Eastern Time

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Full Stergeon Moon
Full Stergeon Moon

From The Old Farmer’s Almanac:
“August’s full Sturgeon Moon reaches its peak on Thursday, August 11, 2022. It will be the last supermoon of the year! Learn when to look for it and why August’s Full Moon got such a peculiar name.”

When to See the Full Moon in August 2022
August’s full Moon will appear on the night of Thursday, August 11, reaching peak illumination at 9:36 P.M. Eastern Time. On either of these nights, look toward the southeast after sunset to catch a glimpse of the Sturgeon Moon rising.

→ Consult our Moonrise and Moonset Calculator to see precisely when the Sturgeon Moon will be visible in your area!

Summer’s Last Supermoon
The Sturgeon Moon rounds out this year’s parade of four supermoons, which started in May! Supermoons are commonly defined as full Moons that occur while the Moon is at its nearest point to Earth. (Because its orbit is not a perfect circle, the Moon’s distance from Earth changes throughout the month.) Supermoons are ever-so-slightly closer to Earth than the average full Moon, which technically makes them extra large and bright from Earth’s perspective.

Read more about this year’s supermoons here!

Summer’s Last Supermoon
The Sturgeon Moon rounds out this year’s parade of four supermoons, which started in May! Supermoons are commonly defined as full Moons that occur while the Moon is at its nearest point to Earth. (Because its orbit is not a perfect circle, the Moon’s distance from Earth changes throughout the month.) Supermoons are ever-so-slightly closer to Earth than the average full Moon, which technically makes them extra large and bright from Earth’s perspective.

Why Is It Called the Sturgeon Moon?
The full Moon names used by The Old Farmer’s Almanac come from a number of places, including Native American, Colonial American, and European sources. Traditionally, each full Moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred, not solely to the full Moon.

August’s full Moon was traditionally called the Sturgeon Moon because the giant sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this part of summer.

What Is a Sturgeon?
These prehistoric-looking fish have been traced back to around 136 million years ago and many people call them “living fossils.”

Females require around 20 years to start reproducing, and they can only reproduce every 4 years. However, they can live up to 150 years!
Today, there are about 29 species worldwide, including the lake sturgeon found in the Great Lakes. They have evolved in size from the size of a bass to monster sturgeon as big as a Volkswagen.
The lake sturgeon is quite rare today, due to intense overfishing in the 19th century, pollution, and damage to their habitat.

Alternative August Moon Names
Flying Up Moon is a Cree term describing the time when young birds are finally ready to take the leap and learn to fly.

Corn Moon (Algonquin, Ojibwe), Harvest Moon (Dakota), and Ricing Moon (Anishinaabe) signify that this is the time to gather maturing crops. Along the same vein, the Assiniboine people named this period Black Cherries Moon, referring to when chokecherries become ripe.

The Tlingit people of the Pacific Northwest traditionally called this time of the season the Mountain Shadows Moon.

Watch a video on the Full Stergeon Moon, narrated by Amy Nieskens:

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Full Buck Moon, will occur on Wednesday, July 13, 2022; 2:38 PM Eastern Time

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Full Buck Moon, will occur on Wednesday, July 13, 2022.

Full Buck Moon
Full Buck Moon

Some information is from the Old Farmer’s Almanac
“July’s full Buck Moon is coming up— rising after sunset on Wednesday, July 13. This will be the biggest and brightest supermoon of the year! Find out when to look for this month’s Moon and also why we call it the Buck Moon.”

When to See the Full Moon in July 2022
“July’s full Buck Moon will rise on Wednesday, July 13, reaching peak illumination at 2:38 P.M. Eastern Time. It will be below the horizon at that time, so plan to look towards the southeast after sunset to watch it rise into the sky.”

Why Is It Called the Buck Moon?
“The full Moon names used by The Old Farmer’s Almanac come from a number of places, including Native American, Colonial American, and European sources. Traditionally, each full Moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred, not solely to the full Moon.”

The Buck Moon
“The full Moon in July is called the Buck Moon because the antlers of male deer (bucks) are in full-growth mode at this time. Bucks shed and regrow their antlers each year, producing a larger and more impressive set as the years go by.”

Alternative July Moon Names
“Several other names for this month’s Moon also reference animals, including Feather Moulting Moon (Cree) and Salmon Moon, a Tlingit term indicating when fish returned to the area and were ready to be harvested.”

Behold the Full Buck Supermoon!
“July’s full Buck Moon orbits closer to Earth than any other full Moon this year, making it the biggest and brightest supermoon of 2022! At its nearest point, the Buck Moon will be 222,089.3 miles (357,418 km) from Earth so it just edges out June’s Strawberry Moon by 200km.’

‘While a supermoon is technically bigger and brighter than a regular full Moon, it only appears about 7% larger—which can be an imperceptible difference to the human eye, depending on other conditions. Nonetheless, it’s fun to know that the full Moon you’re looking at is the closest, biggest, and brightest of the year.”

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The Strawberry Moon will be 100% Full at 7:52 A.M. Eastern Time on June 14

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Full Strawberry Moon
Full Strawberry Moon

From The Old Farmer’s Almanac:
The full Strawberry Moon rises on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. This Strawberry Moon is a special treat because it isn’t an ordinary full moon, but a supermoon, appearing larger and brighter. Will it be pink? What is the true origin of the name, Strawberry Moon and what are some other June Moon names? Learn more.

In the evening of Tuesday, June 14—just after sunset—look towards the southeast to watch the full Moon rise gently above the horizon. There, it will appear large and golden-hued.

June’s full Moon will reach peak illumination at 7:52 A.M. Eastern Time on June 14, but will not be visible in North American time zones until later that night, when it drifts above the horizon. Consult the Almanac’s Moonrise and Moonset Calculator.

Because the Full Moon is an early morning, expect that the Moon will appear full for about three days centered on this time, from Sunday evening through Wednesday morning. See the Almanac’s Moon Phase Calendar.

A Strawberry “Supermoon”
This full Moon will be the second supermoon of 2022! This happens when the moon’s orbit is closest to Earth, presenting us with a larger, brighter full moon.

The common definition of a supermoon is any full Moon that is at a distance of at least 90% of perigee (which is the point at which the Moon is closest to Earth). June’s full Moon stands at 222,238.4 miles (357,658 km) away—comfortably within that cut-off point.

Why Is It Called the Strawberry Moon?
The full Moon names used by The Old Farmer’s Almanac come from a number of places, including Native American, Colonial American, and European sources. Historically, names for the full or new Moons were used to track the seasons. Today, we think of Moon names as “nicknames” for the Moon. Learn more about Full Moon names here.

Native American Moon Names

Full Strawberry Moon video featuring Amy Nieskens

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May’s Full Flower Moon Will Be 100% Full At 12:15 A.M. (EDT) on Monday, May 16

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May's Full Moon
May’s Super Flower Full Moon and a Blood Moon Eclipse

May’s full Moon reaches its peak on May 15-16, 2022! Plus, this full Moon will be a supermoon and coincide with a total lunar eclipse for most of North America. Here’s everything you should know about this month’s full Moon, including how it came to be called the “Flower Moon.”

When to See the Full Moon in May 2022
May’s full Flower Moon reaches peak illumination at 12:15 A.M. (EDT) on Monday, May 16. This means that it will reach its peak on the night of Sunday, May 15, in more western time zones.

Why Is It Called the Flower Moon?
The full Moon names used by The Old Farmer’s Almanac come from a number of places, including Native American, Colonial American, and European sources. Traditionally, each full Moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred, not solely to the full Moon. May’s Flower Moon name should be no surprise; flowers spring forth across North America in abundance this month!

“Flower Moon” has been attributed to Algonquin peoples, as confirmed by Christina Ruddy of The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre in Pikwakanagan, Ontario.

Beautiful Raven Haired Algonquin Woman
Beautiful Raven Haired Algonquin Woman

American Indian Tribes gave names to each of the full moons to keep track of the passing year. The names are associated with the entire month until the next full moon occurs. Since a lunar month averages 29 days, the dates of the moons change from year to year.

Moon Names from Western Washington University

Algonquin tribe’s name for May’s full Moon: “suquanni kesos” translated as “when they set indian corn.”

Venture outdoors on the night of the 15th to get the best view of the bright full Flower Moon! Find a location with unobstructed views of the horizon, if possible. See what time the Moon will be visible in your area with our Moonrise and Moonset Calculator.

A “Blood Moon” Total Lunar Eclipse
This month’s full Moon coincides with a total lunar eclipse! A lunar eclipse occurs when Earth stands directly between the Moon and the Sun, which results in Earth casting its shadow on the Moon. During a total lunar eclipse, the Moon is fully obscured by Earth’s shadow, giving the Moon a reddish hue. This phenomenon is where the term “blood moon” comes from.

Full Moon Video for May, featuring Amy Neskiens

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The Full Worm Moon reaches peak illumination at 3:20 A.M. EDT on Friday, March 18, 2022.

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Full Moon
Full Moon

Full Worm Moon March

The full Worm Moon rises on Thursday and Friday night, March 17 and 18. What is a Worm Moon? Here are the real meaning and origins of March’s full Moon—and when you can see this Moon at its brightest!

March’s full Worm Moon reaches peak illumination at 3:20 A.M. EDT on Friday, March 18, 2022.

When to See the Full Moon in March 2022
The final full moon of the winter season will rise Thursday and Friday night. Specifically, March’s full Worm Moon reaches peak illumination at 3:20 A.M. EDT on Friday, March 18, 2022.

Of course, you don’t have to wait until the middle of the night! Look for the spectacularly bright Moon as it rises above the horizon on Thursday evening. If your weather is poor on Thursday night, try again! The Moon will also appear full Friday night. See when the Moon will be visible in your area.

If you have just a bit of rain on Thursday, March 17, you may even get to spot a rare phenomenon called a moonbow. A moonbow is just like a solar rainbow, but is created by moonlight (rather than sunlight) when it is refracted through water droplets in the air. Moonbows only happen when the full Moon is fairly low in the sky, so look for one in the hours after sunset when the sky is dark. Learn more about moonbows here!

This March Moon will look especially large to us when it’s near the horizon because of the “Moon illusion,” when it looks bigger when near comparative objects than it does when it’s high in the sky without any references.

Why Is It Called the Worm Moon?
The full Moon names used by The Old Farmer’s Almanac come from a number of places, including Native American, Colonial American, and European sources. Traditionally, each full Moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred, not only to the full Moon.

Read more…

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Full Worm Moon Video

February’s Full Snow Moon: 11:59 A.M. February 16, 2022 EST

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Full Snow Moon
Full Snow Moon
From the Old Farmer’s Almanac:

“February’s Full Snow Moon reaches peak illumination at 11:59 A.M. EST on Wednesday, February 16. For the best view of this Moon, look for it that night or the night before; it will drift above the horizon in the east around sunset and reach its highest point in the sky around midnight. See when the Moon will be visible in your area.”

Watch a Video of the Full Snow Moon (below.)

“The full Moon names used by The Old Farmer’s Almanac come from a number of places, including Native American, Colonial American, and European sources. Traditionally, each full Moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred, not just to the full Moon itself.”

The Snow Moon
The explanation behind February’s full Moon name is a fairly straightforward one: it’s known as the Snow Moon due to the typically heavy snowfall that occurs in February. On average, February is the United States’ snowiest month, according to data from the National Weather Service. In the 1760s, Captain Jonathan Carver, who had visited with the Naudowessie (Dakota), wrote that the name used for this period was the Snow Moon, “because more snow commonly falls during this month than any other in the winter.”

Names for this month’s Moon have historically had a connection to animals. The Cree traditionally called this the Bald Eagle Moon or Eagle Moon. The Ojibwe Bear Moon and Tlingit Black Bear Moon refer to the time when bear cubs are born. The Dakota also call this the Raccoon Moon, certain Algonquin peoples named it the Groundhog Moon, and the Haida named it Goose Moon.

Another theme of this month’s Moon names is scarcity. The Cherokee names of Month of the Bony Moon and Hungry Moon give evidence to the fact that food was hard to come by at this time.

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How to see the once-in-a-lifetime ‘Christmas comet’ this week

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by: Tracy Bloom, Nexstar Media Wire

Posted: Dec 21, 2021 / 09:43 AM CST / Updated: Dec 21, 2021 / 09:43 AM CST
From Fox 2 Now

(KTLA) – This time last year, skygazers were treated to the “Christmas Star,” when Jupiter and Saturn aligned and appeared the closest together from Earth’s vantage point in nearly 800 years.

Flash forward to the week of Dec. 20, 2021, and a “Christmas comet” is streaking through the evening sky.

Comet Leonard, or C/2021 as it is officially known, is the brightest comet of 2021. The celestial object actually made its closest approach to Earth on Dec. 12, when it was about 21 million miles away from our planet.

However, stargazers can still catch this once-in-a-lifetime sighting this week as it passes through the solar system, according to Gregory Leonard, a senior research specialist at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. Leonard first discovered the comet earlier this year, and it’s named after him. Read more…
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The Full Cold Moon will be 100% full December 18, 2021 at 11:37 PM EST

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Full Cold Moon
Full Cold Moon

Full Cold Moon information is from Almanac.Com

December’s Cold Moon reaches peak illumination on Saturday, December 18, 2021, at 11:37 P.M. EST. December’s full Moon is most commonly known as the Cold Moon—a Mohawk name that conveys the frigid conditions of this time of year, when cold weather truly begins to grip us.

Bundle Up for December’s Full Cold Moon!

December’s full Cold Moon rises on Saturday, December 18, 2021! And it’s a “Micromoon.” Learn more about what the Cold Moon and what makes it special (click the link below.)

When to See December’s Full Moon
December’s Cold Moon reaches peak illumination on Saturday, December 18, 2021, at 11:37 P.M. EST (click the link below.)

Start looking for the full Moon just before sunset as it begins to peek above the horizon. To find the exact time that it will appear in your area, consult our Moonrise Calculator (click the link below.)

More about the Full Cold Moon…

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Full Cold Moon