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When is the next full moon? Keeping track of astrological happenings can seem overwhelming, but we'll help you make sense of it all—starting with the celestial calendar.

When Is the Full Moon?

The Full Moon is when the Sun and the Moon are aligned on opposite sides of Earth, and 100% of the Moon's face is illuminated by the Sun (see illustration).

That said, some Full Moons are only 99.9% illuminated, as seen from Earth. The reason why we cannot see the entire illuminated hemisphere of the Moon during some Full Moons is that the Moon's orbit around Earth is inclined at an angle of about 5° in relation to the Earth's orbital plane, the ecliptic. If the Full Moon occurs at a moment when the Moon is above or below the ecliptic, we view the Moon at an angle that diminishes the illumination percentage by a tiny amount.

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The Moon is in constant motion around the Earth, so—technically speaking—the Full Moon only lasts for an instant of time. This means the exact time for Full Moon is during the day on parts of the planet.

Still, the Moon can appear to be full a day before or after when more than 98% of the Moon's disc is lit-up. That can make it tricky to tell the difference between a Full Moon and the last stage of a Waxing Gibbous Moon or the beginning of a Waning Gibbous Moon.

The Full Moon Causes Lunar Eclipses

Two or three times a year, the Full Moon phase coincides with the Moon reaching the lunar nodes of its orbit. These are the points where the Moon's orbit crosses the ecliptic, which is the Sun's path, seen from Earth. When this happens, Earth casts its shadow on the Full Moon, causing a lunar eclipse.

On the other hand, solar eclipses happen if the Moon comes close to the lunar nodes around New Moon.

Supermoon and Micromoon

The point of the Moon's orbit closest to Earth is called perigee, and the point farthest away is known as apogee.

When a Full Moon is close to the perigee, it is known as a Supermoon or Super Full Moon. When a Full Moon is close to the apogee, it is called a Micromoon.

Meaning of a full moon

A full moon seen in Washington, USA. Image credit: Flickr/ Rocky RaybellA full moon seen in Washington, USA. Image credit: Flickr/ Rocky Raybell
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In astrological terms, a full moon is seen as a culmination, a climax. People often mistake the full moon for a time to manifest, whereas that practice is more appropriate during a new moon.

The Moon has influenced human culture for millennia, and the Full Moon phase in particular. The date for Easter Sunday, for example, is determined based on the Full Moon and the vernal equinox.

The Moon has also inspired the invention of countless deities, like the Roman goddess Luna or her Norse male counterpart Máni, who gave his name to Monday.

In the past, it was common to think that the Moon caused many forms of mental illness, hence the name lunatic. The Full Moon has even been held responsible for supernatural transformations, changing otherwise harmless men into ferocious werewolves.

Even today, people use ancient Full Moon names, like the Harvest Moon and the Strawberry Moon.

"The moon is all about our comfort, security and rest," astrologer Stephanie Campos-Powell says.

Each month, as the moon enters different phases, the energy will shift.

How Many Full Moons in a Year?

Most years have 12 Full Moons, one each month. However, our calendar is not perfectly synchronized with astronomical events. Therefore, now and then, a year has 13 Full Moons. When this happens, at least one of those Full Moons is called a Blue Moon.

What is full moon schedule for 2022?

January 17, 2022: the Wolf Moon

February 16, 2022: the Snow Moon

March 18, 2022: the Worm Moon

April 16, 2022: the Pink Moon

May 16, 2022: the Flower Moon

June 14, 2022: the Strawberry Moon

July 13, 2022: the Buck Moon

August 11, 2022: the Sturgeon Moon

September 10, 2022: the Harvest Moon

October 9, 2022: the Blood Moon

November 8, 2022: the Frost Moon

December 7, 2022: the Cold Moon

Details about full moon 2022: Month by Month


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Give a hearty howl in celebration of a new year and a new lunar wonder! The first Full Moon of 2022 reaches its zenith on Monday, January 17 at 6:48 p.m. Eastern.

The initial Full Moon of a calendar year has been nicknamed the Wolf Moon, but some people call it the Ice Moon, or even the Moon after Yule.


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Author Alice McDermott writes in The Ninth Hour that an afternoon in February may be the perfect time for despair, so it is perhaps apt that the Full Moon for February is also named the Snow Moon.

This Full Moon has other nicknames that are equally dark and icy — it is also known as the Storm Moon and the Hunger Moon.

This Full Moon rises on Wednesday, February 16 at 11:57 a.m. Eastern.


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Just as the Spring Equinox dawns, so too does the Worm Moon.

The Full Moon in March will occur on Friday, March 18 at 3:17 a.m. Eastern.

Also nicknamed the Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Sap Moon, Sugar Moon, and the Lenten Moon, this Full Moon is a harbinger of spring.

The Spring Equinox is on Sunday, March 20 at 11:33 a.m. Eastern.


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The spring Pink Moon, so named for the pink blooms of the phlox flower found all over America, rises Saturday, April 16 at 2:55 p.m. Eastern.

The Pink Moon is also nicknamed the Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon.

(Spoiler: This Full Moon is not actually colored pink, sorry.)

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The moon’s gray patches are ancient, solidified lava floes.Claudio Divizia / 500px/500Px Plus/Getty Images


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Pink Moon showers bring May Moon Flowers!

This year’s Flower Moon will be in our skies on Monday, May 16 at 12:14 a.m. Eastern.

The Flower Moon is also called Corn Planting Moon and the Milk Moon.

Barely a moment before it reaches its full zenith, however, there will also be a total lunar eclipse at 12:11 a.m. Eastern on the very same day.

NASA explains that when there is a total lunar eclipse, the “Moon and Sun are on opposite sides of Earth.” Essentially, the Earth acts like a giant block, cutting out the light from the Sun reaching the Moon and obscuring it from view.


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2022’s Strawberry Moon will also be a Supermoon.VCG/Visual China Group/Getty Images

This juicy Full Moon is in honor of all the ripening berries that make summer desserts so delicious.

You can see the Strawberry Moon on Tuesday, June 14 at 7:52 a.m. Eastern. This month's Full Moon is also called Mead Moon and Honey Moon.

June’s Full Moon also coincides with a Supermoon. The Moon will be at one of its closest points to Earth all year at 7:21 p.m. Eastern.

A Supermoon occurs when the Moon is both full and particularly close to Earth in its elliptical orbit, a point known as the perigee.

“At its closest point, it is 226,000 miles from Earth, and the [Super] Moon appears about 17 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than the faintest Moon of the year,” according to NASA’s website.

Also, this month, look out for the Summer Solstice, which is on Tuesday, June 21, at 5:14 a.m. Eastern.

BUCK MOON: JULY 13, 2022

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Named for the summer regrowth of deer and elk antlers shed in the winter, the Buck Moon rises on Wednesday, July 13 at 2:37 p.m. Eastern.

This month’s Moon is also called the Thunder Moon, Hay Moon, Mead Moon, and the Rose Moon.

This is also a Supermoon, with the Moon reaching its closest point to Earth at 5:08 a.m. Eastern.

The moon at various stages during an eclipse.Ganapathy Kumar via Unsplash


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The Sturgeon Moon makes a splash on Thursday, August 11 at 9:36 p.m. Eastern.

The Sturgeon Moon is also called the Green Corn Moon.


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Reap what you have sown as the Harvest Moon rises on Saturday, September 10 at 5:59 a.m. Eastern.

This is also called Corn Moon, Fruit Moon, Barley Moon, and Hungry Ghost Moon.

The Harvest Moon is the name given to describe either the September or October Full Moon — which Full Moon earns the monicker actually depends on the timing of the Fall Equinox. Whichever month’s Full Moon is closest to the Equinox earns the title — and in 2022, September wins the battle.

The Fall Equinox is on Thursday, September 22, at 9:04 p.m. Eastern.


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The "Super Blood Moon" rises above Gaza City in the Palestinian enclave, on May 27, 2021. (Photo by ...

The ominously named Blood Moon comes a little early to coincide with Halloween this year. The Blood Moon will instead occur on Sunday, October 9 at 4:55 p.m. Eastern.

The Blood Moon is also nicknamed the Travel Moon, Dying Grass Moon, Hunter’s Moon, and the Sanguine Moon (which is a fancy way to say “blood red”).


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The Frost Moon is a good reminder for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere to hunker down for the coming winter.

In 2022, the Frost Moon will be at its brightest on Tuesday, November 8 at 6:02 a.m. Eastern.

November’s Full Moon is also called the Beaver Moon and the Snow Moon.

This year, the Frost Moon features yet another total lunar eclipse, which will be at its peak at 5:59 a.m. Eastern on the same morning.


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The final Full Moon of 2020 peaks early this month, shining at its pearly brightest on Wednesday, December 7 at 11:08 p.m. Eastern.

The final Full Moon of the year is also called Oak Moon, the Moon before Yule, and Long Night Moon — but it doesn’t coincide with the actual longest night of the year in 2022.

The Winter Solstice is Wednesday, December 21 at 4:48 p.m. Eastern.

Full Moon 2022 and Zodiac Signs

January 17: Full Moon in Cancer

The first full moon of 2022 is the perfect time to celebrate what you’ve overcome in the past year. Start 2022 on a positive, intuitive note by processing your experiences. Don’t be surprised if emotions come flooding to you—if you’re comfortable doing so, feel all the feelings.

February 16: Full Moon in Leo

In the cold of winter, it’s easy to want to sleep the day away and avoid responsibilities. Utilize February’s Leo full moon energy to restate your desires and propel yourself towards the goals you’ve set during the first new moon of the year.

March 18: Full Moon in Virgo

Use this balanced, grounded full moon in Virgo to celebrate your efforts. It’s likely taken you a lot of work to get where you are in your career and spiritual practice, so honor that. If you feel like you haven’t been doing enough, use the spirit of the full moon to redirect.

April 16: Full Moon in Libra

April’s Libra full moon balances out the intensity of Aries season, which often leaves us breathless from business. This full moon in particular will give you space to breathe, and remind you that all hard work also requires deep rest—that’s the wisdom of the Libra scales.

May 16: Full Moon Lunar Eclipse (Total) in Scorpio

Oof, this full moon and eclipse in Scorpio is bound to create emotional intensity. Super intuitive people (read: people with multiple water sign placements) are bound to feel like they’re welling over with emotion. Regulate your feelings with movement like yoga, hiking, or dancing your tears out.

June 14: Full Moon in Sagittarius (Super Full Moon)

June’s full moon is going to be a blast, especially since it’s a super moon (meaning that the moon’s at her closest point to earth). Sagittarian energy invites us to enjoy all life has to offer, from travel to socialization to good poetry. Enjoy some pagan revelry with your closest friends, but make sure to hydrate!

July 13: Full Moon in Capricorn (Super Full Moon)

Yet ANOTHER super moon! This time, Cancer season gets balanced out by its opposite in Capricorn. “Rededication” feels important here. Have you been able to see your goals to fruition yet, or are they still in gestation? Alternatively—do you need to recommit to your dreams? Make a bold stance here.

August 11: Full Moon in Aquarius

In case 2022 thus far has left you hustling too hard in the material world, take August’s Aquarian full moon as a sign to reconnect to your spiritual side. Even if you’re a skeptic, take 15 minutes to listen to teachings from spiritual elders, tune into some sacred music, or explore your own astrological chart.

September 10: Full Moon in Pisces

September’s full moon in Pisces is always a much-needed reprieve from the late-summer-early-fall chaos. What can you do on this night to nourish your intuition? Pop into your local metaphysical shop and see what cards, crystals or books call to you.

October 9: Full Moon in Aries

Full moons are about balance—they always occur in the sign opposite the sun—and October’s is surely no exception. As the northern hemisphere cools off, the Aries full moon comes forth to remind us that we can honor our need for fall and wintertime rest while still forging towards our goals.

November 8: Full Moon Lunar Eclipse (Total) in Taurus

Don’t let the materialism of this Taurus eclipse get you down, especially at the start of the holiday season. This full moon eclipse will likely have you worrying about your wallet when it’s totally unnecessary. Instead of freaking out about affording presents for everyone and their mom, focus on being present (pun intended) with concrete tasks that need to be accomplished.

December 7: Full Moon in Gemini

The last full moon of 2022, happening in the chatty sign of Gemini, comes right before a few of our winter major holidays, granting us the ability to speak with ease and comfort. This would be an excellent day to gather with friends to connect and share gratitude, no matter your faith or culture.

How to see full moon 2022

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You don’t need any special equipment to enjoy the Full Moon.George Pachantouris/Moment Unreleased/Getty Images

When it comes to beholding the Moon every month, you have a few options beyond the naked eye. But if you are looking up with the naked eye, then the further you get from light pollution the better. Less light interference means that the Moon will shine bright and unoccluded (unless there are clouds, unfortunately, those can’t be helped).

The best place to view the Moon may be a spacious area, and at a height, so that the Moon won't be blocked by buildings or trees.

A quick glance out the window is nice, but there are more sophisticated methods than looking up. If you're looking to use equipment, binoculars are a good starting point for amateur lunar watchers. Star-gazing binoculars ought to have objective lenses with a diameter of 50 mm.

If you’re gunning for a telescope, it may be simplest to buy one with a smaller aperture — between two and three inches — as these tend to be the easiest to set up. Look for one that has 50 times magnification power for each inch of the aperture of your objective lens for the crispest views.

Then again, no matter where you are or what kit you might have to see it, if you step outside on the right night and look up, the Full Moon will be pretty darn amazing, all 2022 long.

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