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Full Moon Names 🌑🌕

Full Moon Names List 🌑🌘🌓🌗🌖🌕 Moon Name FAQs

ADducation’s full moon names includes the names off all the monthly full moon names along with explanations of how super moons, micromoons, blue moons etc. are named.

  • ADDucation’s list of full moon names was compiled by Joe Connor and last updated Jan 10, 2023 @ 9:18 am
Full Moon Names Explained FAQs

Full Moon Names Explained:

What is a Super Moon?

A full moon when the moon is within 90% of its closest approach to Earth (perigee). These moons often appear bigger and brighter and called a supermoon or perigee full moon.

What is a Blood Moon?

The moon looks reddish because it is passing through the shadow of Earth.

What is a Full Moon?

A full moon occurs when the Earth is between the Sun and the Moon.

What is a New Moon?

A new moon occurs when the moon is between the Sun and the Earth.

What is a Blue Moon?

A second full moon in a calendar month is called a blue moon. This happens occasionally because calendar months do not exactly follow the lunar cycle.

How often is there a blue moon?

Without getting into the mathematics of blue moons there is a blue moon once every few years. The next seasonal blue moon occurs on 30 August 2023.

What is a Super Snow Moon?

A full moon in February is called a snow moon. It is also super because the moon is at its closest point to earth.

What is a Micromoon?

A full moon or new moon which occurs at apogee (when the orbit of the Moon is close to its furtherest point from Earth) is called an apogee moon or micromoon.

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🌓Moon Month 🌕Full moon called Reasons behind the full moon names Alternative full moon names
January full moon Wolf moon So called because of the howling of hungry wolves by the Anglo-Saxons and native Americans. Old moon, ice moon
February full moon Snow moon The weather in the northern hemisphere has typically been snowy in February. Hunger moon, storm moon
March full moon Worm moon Because of the visible worm trails (earthworm casts) on freshly thawed ground reappear in March inviting the return of the robin. Chaste moon, crust moon, death moon, sap moon (after Maple tree tapping)
April full moon Pink moon Native Americans named this after an early blooming pink wild flower. Sprouting grass moon, fish moon
May full moon Flower moon After the blooming of flowers by many cultures. Milk moon, corn planting moon, hare moon
June full moon Strawberry moon / Rose moon Strawberry harvesting in north America, rose moon in Europe. Hot moon
July full moon Buck moon Native Americans noticed male deer shed and regrow their antlers during July. Hay moon (after the harvest), thunder moon (after summer storms)
August full moon Sturgeon moon So called by north American fisherman due to the abundance during August. Grain moon, green corn moon, grain moon, red moon
September full moon Harvest moon Bright moon which and rises early makes it easier for farmers to gather the crops into the evening. Corn moon, barley moon
October full moon Hunters moon Bright moon in sky for a long term, perfect for hunting the now empty fields. Dying grass moon, travel moon
November full moon Beaver moon Named after beaver dam-building activities or native Americans beaver trapping in November frost moon
December full moon Cold moon It’s winter and it’s cold in the northern hemisphere. Long night moon, oak moon

See also: Full Moon Calendar List… | Fascinating Moon Facts… | All Humans Who Walked on the Moon?

🌕Full moon names and lunar eclipses usually hit the headlines and go viral on social media when a combination of moon events occur together.Here’s some recent Super Moons Events:

  • 7 April 2020; Pink Supermoon:
    The second of two Supermoons in 2020 was a Pink Supermoon. So called because any full moon in April is called a pink moon and on 7th April 2020 the moon was near to its closest approach to Earth which promotes it to a supermoon.
  • 9 March 2020; Full Worm Supermoon:
    The first of 2 Supermoons in 2020 was a Full Worm Supermoon. So called because any full moon in March is called a worm moon. On 9 March 2020 the moon was near to its closest approach to Earth so it’s also a supermoon.
  • 20 March 2019: Full Worm Supermoon:
    This “full worm supermoon” coincided with the Spring equinox for the first time in 19 years. It was the third and final supermoon of 2019. It was a supermoon because the moon was at its closest point to Earth so appeared brighter and larger than normal and it was a worm moon because it’s the March full moon.
  • January 2019; Super Blood Wolf Moon:
    This “super blood wolf moon” was visible across the northern hemisphere. It was…
    – a super moon because the moon was close to Earth
    – a blood moon because the moon was in the shadow of the earth
    – a wolf moon because that’s the most popular name for any full moon in January.
  • January & March 2018; TWO Blue Moons
    A blue moon is the second full moon in a month, there was no full moon in February 2018, which is very unusual.
  • April 2014; Lunar Tetrad Blood Red Moon:
    Notable because it was part of a “lunar tetrad“, which means four successive total lunar eclipses, with no partial eclipses in between, each separated by six full moons (six lunar months).

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