Native American names for the Full Moons

January: Wolf Moon
February: Snow Moon,
Hunger Moon,
Opening Buds Moon
March: Maple Sugar Moon,
Worm Moon
April: Frog Moon,
Pink Moon,
Planter's Moon
May: Flower Moon,
Budding Moon
June: Strawberry Moon
July: Blood Moon,
Buck Moon
August: Moon of the Green Corn,
Sturgeon Moon
September: Harvest Moon (see below for explanation)
October: Hunter's Moon,
Moon of Falling Leaves
November: Beaver Moon
December: Cold Moon

  • When a month has two full moons, the second is often called a Blue Moon.
  • The full moon countdown clock will show you how many days, hours, and seconds until the next full moon.
  • There is an exact full moon time when the moon is officially full. The time is reported in Greenwich Mean Time.
  • Daily moon phase screensaver for your computer
    With the moon phase screensaver you can be notified about the upcoming full moon and the full moon name.


Harvest moon: The full moon nearest the autumnal equinox (about September 23). Near the time of the autumnal equinox, the angle of the moon's orbit relative to the Earth's horizon is at its minimum, causing the full moon to rise above the horizon much faster than usual. Since the difference of the moon's rising time on successive nights barely varies, the moon appears to rise at nearly the same hour for several nights in succession. Because the harvest moon, like any full moon, must rise near the hour of sunset, harvest workers in the Northern Hemisphere may be aided by bright moonlight after sunset on several successive evenings. A similar effect is observed in corresponding southern latitudes around March 21.

Featured Resources:
Full Moon Countdown
View Earth from Moon
All About the Stars
All About the Planets

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