The Moon: Full Moon Names

Cultures across the globe have given names to the full moon throughout the year. Different full moon names can be found among the Chinese, Celtic, Old English, Native American  and New Guinea cultures, to name a few.  The full moon names were used to identify the entire month during which each occurred often referring to hunting and or farming conditions.  The names given below are some of the most common however each culture has specific variations so look them up if you find it as interesting as I do!

Full Moon Names

Wolf Moon – January.
Snow Moon – February
Worm Moon – March
Pink Moon – April
Flower Moon – May
Strawberry Moon – June
Buck Moon – July
Sturgeon Moon – August
Harvest Moon – September
Hunter’s Moon – October
Beaver Moon – November
Cold Moon – December

Due to the 29 and a half day lunar cycle the exact dates of the full moons move every year. Most seasons will have three full moons, but because of the variation some will actually have four. The term “Blue Moon” was used to identify one of these extra full moons. July’s “Buck moon” will appear in the sky later tonight .  Below are a few links to the sites I gathered my information on but I would like to advise you to check out www.astronomycast.com and www.universetoday.com and  earthsky.org

Thanks To: theplanets.orgsolarsystem.nasa.gov, science.nationalgeographic.com,  universetoday.com,  space-facts.com,  astronomycast.com,  astronomyonline.org,  planetfacts.org earthsky.org

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