Full Moon 2023 Calendar: Name, Dates, Time and Full Schedule

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What Is A Full Moon?

A Full Moon occurs when the Moon appears as a complete circle in the sky. We see it as a full orb because the whole of the side of the Moon facing the Earth is lit up by the Sun's rays.

The Moon produces no visible light of its own, so we can only see the parts of the Moon that are lit up by other objects.

A small amount of light comes from distant stars and the reflection of light from the Earth (known as 'Earthshine'). However the main source of light for the Moon is the Sun.

The Moon appears as different shapes in the sky depending on its 'phase', from new Moon to full Moon via 'waxing' (growing) and 'waning' (shrinking) moons. These phases are determined by the relative positions of the Sun, Earth and Moon.

If the Moon is between the Earth and the Sun in its orbit, then the back side of the Moon is lit up and the side facing the Earth is in darkness. This is called a new Moon.

If the Moon is on the opposite side of the Earth to the Sun, then the near side of the Moon will be fully lit up: a full Moon.

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How often does a full Moon occur?

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A full Moon happens roughly every 29.5 days. This is the length of time it takes for the Moon to go through one whole lunar phase cycle.

Is there a full Moon every month?

The Moon’s phases and the months of the year are inextricably linked - the word 'month' even takes its root from the word 'moon'.

A month was originally defined to be either 29 or 30 days, roughly equal to the 29.5-day lunar cycle. However, some of our calendar months were later padded out with extra days, in order that 12 months would make up one complete 365-day solar year.

Because our modern calendar isn’t quite in line with the Moon’s phases, sometimes we get more than one full Moon in a month. This is commonly known as a blue moon.

What are the names of Full Moon 2023?

The names of the 2023 full moons are as follows:

January 6: Full Wolf Moon

February 5: Full Snow Moon

March 7: Full Worm Moon

April 6: Full Pink Moon

May 5: Full Flower Moon

June 3 (June 4 UTC): Full Strawberry Moon

July 3: Full Buck Moon

August 1: Full Sturgeon Moon

August 30 (August 31 UTC): Full Blue Moon

September 29: Full Harvest Moon

October 28: Full Hunter’s Moon

November 27: Full Beaver Moon

December 26 (December 27 UTC): Full Cold Moon

Full Schedule of Full Moon 2023

January 6, 2023 (Full Wolf Moon)

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The January 2023 Full Moon, also called the Full Wolf Moon, will be on Friday January 6, 2023 at 6:08 PM EST or 11:08 PM UTC. This will be the first full moon of the Winter 2022-2023 season as the December 2022 full moon occurred prior to the Winter Solstice. The January Full Moon will be the full moon in Cancer.

The first full moon of the year occurs in January and is known as the Wolf Moon. Now, there are several ways in which the moon has an effect on earthlings, and a full moon just magnifies that. It is said that the moon is in charge of our subconscious and inner emotions.

Interestingly, Wiccan and pagan practices celebrate the moon and believe that it influences us with its feminine energies. They also perform rituals of invoking the celestial body on the night of the full moon and unlocking the lunar magic in the community. It is an intense, immersive and highly spiritual exercise as the moon’s energy is called upon on the earth.

Why is January’s full moon called Wolf Moon?

A full moon occurs when this celestial body is exactly opposite to our planet, and the light reflected from the sun bounces off its surface. That’s when the entire surface of the moon is visible from Earth’s vantage point. It is said that Native American tribes named the January full moon after the wolves because they would hear them howling on the wintery nights of January.

The Wolf Moon has a lot of significance in Anglo-Saxon culture, too. In Saxon, January is called Wulf Monath or Wolf Month. The Gaelic word for January is Faoilleach, which originates from the term used for wolves, faol-chù. They also call this Severe Moon or Hard Moon, again referencing the cold weather. This is also known as the moon after Yule, an important winter solstice festival celebrated towards the end of December when the Cold Moon occurs.

January also happens to be the month when the wolves usually howl more. It is believed that they sing to the full moon. Although there is no evidence of this, wolves generally look up in any direction and the sound frequencies of their howls are carried at a higher altitude.

The January full moon is also called the Micromoon, as the moon is farthest from the earth at this point. It is also known as the ‘Frost Exploding Moon’ because this full moon appears right in the middle of the winter months and depicts the extreme cold.

February 5, 2023 (Full Snow Moon)

The February 2023 Full Moon, also called the Full Snow Moon, will be on Sunday February 5, 2023 at 1:29 PM EST or 6:29 PM UTC. This will be the second full moon of the Winter 2022-2023 season as the second full moon after the 2022 Winter Solstice. The February Full Moon will be the full moon in Leo.

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The February Full Moon is named after the snow on the ground. Some Native American tribes named this the Hunger Moon; others call it the Storm Moon.

March 7, 2023 (Full Worm Moon)

The March 2023 Full Moon, also called the Full Worm Moon, will be on Tuesday March 7, 2023 at 7:40 AM EST or 12:40 PM UTC. This will be the third and last full moon of the Winter 2023 season as it occurs before the spring equinox 2023. The March Full Moon will be the full moon in Virgo.

The Vernal Equinox (or Spring Equinox) will be on March 20, 2023 at 5:25 PM EDT or 10:25 PM UTC, a couple of weeks after March Full Moon.

This full moon name is inspired by the time of the year when the earthworms start to reappear as the grown thaws at the end of the winter. The birds start to come back as spring approaches, with the Spring Equinox that happens each year towards the end of March.

Other nicknames for the March Full Moon include: Sap Moon, Crow Moon, Chaste Moon, Sugar Moon, and Lenten Moon.

April 6, 2023 (Full Pink Moon)

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The April 2023 Full Moon, also called the Full Pink Moon, will be on Thursday April 6, 2023 at 12:34 AM EDT or 5:34 AM UTC. This will be the first full moon of the Spring 2023 season and the first full moon after the spring equinox 2023. The April Full Moon will be the full moon in Libra.

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Why is it called the Pink Moon?

The word 'Pink Moon' comes from the herb pink moss or Phlox Subulata - a wildflower which blooms during the early springtime. These flowers usually grow in the North American region. Thus, the name Pink Moon associates with Springtime.

May 5, 2023 (Full Flower Moon)

The May 2023 Full Moon, also called the Full Flower Moon, will be on Friday May 5, 2023 at 1:34 PM EDT or 6:34 PM UTC. It will be the second full moon of the Spring 2023 season and the second full moon after the spring equinox. The May Full Moon will be the full moon in Scorpio.

There will also be a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse at the same time as the full moon, technically 9 minutes before the full moon peak.

The name of the full moon in May reflects the changes taking place in nature. The North American Indians labeled it "Flower" because the air is saturated with the most fragrant scents this spring month. The weather conditions are conducive to the rapid growth of plants. The soil is already well warmed up, the sun’s heat and moisture are abundant, so the flowers bloom in abundance. People are filled with energy and desire to do something good. Even the impossible seems real, the surrounding world is perceived so positively. An atmosphere of joy, harmony and expectation of a miracle reigns everywhere. Nature itself has made sure that life continues. Sometimes the full moon in May is called "Milk".

June 3, 2023 (Full Strawberry Moon)

The June 2023 Full Moon, also called the Full Strawberry Moon, will be on June 3, 2023 at 11:42 PM EDT or June 4, 2023 at 4:42 AM UTC. This will be the third full moon of the Spring 2023 season as it occurs about two weeks before the Summer Solstice. The June Full Moon will be the full moon in Sagittarius.

The Summer Solstice is on the calendar for June 21, 2023 at 10:58 AM EDT or 3:58 PM UTC.

Strawberry Moon is one of the most famous moons of the year. It is also known as Strawberry Full Moon and Strawberry Harvest Moon. This moon occurs in July or early August and it is believed that this moon was named after the ripening of strawberries that happen during this time.

The weather during this time is usually pleasant and warm, so when the berries are ripe enough to be picked, there is no need to worry about any storms or rainfalls.

July 3, 2023 (Full Buck Moon)

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The July 2023 Full Moon, also called the Full Buck Moon, will be on Monday July 3, 2023 at 7:39 AM EDT or 12:39 PM UTC. This will be the first full moon of the Summer 2023 season as the first full moon after the Summer Solstice. The July Full Moon will be the full moon in Capricorn.

Why it’s Called the Buck Moon

The July full moon is called the “Buck Moon” because this is the time of year when a buck’s (male deer) antlers grow the fastest. It means mating season is coming because bucks use their antlers to fight for dominance.

August 1, 2023 (Full Sturgeon Moon)

The August 2023 Full Moon, also called the Full Sturgeon Moon, will be on Tuesday August 1, 2023 at 2:31 PM EDT or 7:31 PM UTC. This will be the second full moon of the Summer 2023 season as the second full moon after the Summer Solstice. It will be one of two supermoons in 2023. The first August Full Moon will be the full moon in Aquarius.

Named After a Big Old Fish

The Full Moon in August is called Sturgeon Moon because of the large number of sturgeon fish that were found in the Great Lakes in North America this time of year.

The most common sturgeon in the Great Lakes is the lake sturgeon—males have a life span of 55 years, while females can live up to 150 years! It is also the American continent’s largest freshwater fish and can grow to over two meters long (6 feet) and weigh around 90 kilos (200 pounds).

Lake sturgeon was essential for Native American tribes living in the area and is the oldest and largest native species in the Great Lakes—the largest surface freshwater system in the world.

Start of Harvesting Season

Inspired by the harvest and abundance of crops at the start of the harvesting season in the Northern Hemisphere, an English name for the August Full Moon is Corn Moon. The Anglo-Saxons also called it the Grain Moon.

The Celts called it Lynx Moon and Dispute Moon, pointing to the delicate balance of nature and harvest. Another English name is Lightning Moon, after Northern Europe’s more frequent thunder and lightning storms in late summer.

August 30, 2023 (Full Blue Moon)

There will be a full blue moon in August 2023 on Wednesday August 30, 2023 at 9:35 PM EDT or August 31, 2023 at 2:35 AM UTC. This will be the third and last full moon of the Summer 2023 season. It will be the second of two supermoons in 2023. The second August Full Moon will be the full moon in Pisces.

This moon is called a full blue moon because it’s the second full moon in a calendar month. It could also be referred to as a super blue moon because it the second August Full Moon will also be a supermoon.

September 29, 2023 (Full Harvest Moon)

The September 2023 Full Moon, also called the Full Harvest Moon, will be on Friday September 29, 2023 at 5:57 AM EDT or 10:57 AM UTC. This will be the first full moon of the Autumn 2023 season. The September Full Moon will be the full moon in Aries.

There will also be a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse at the same time as the full moon, technically 10 minutes before the full moon peak.

The Autumn Equinox is on the calendar for September 23, 2023 at 2:50 AM EDT or 7:50 AM UTC. As the September full moon will be closer to the Autumn Equinox than the October full moon, it will be called the Full Harvest Moon.

Which season includes the September Full Moon?

In 2023, the September Full Moon will be the first full moon of the Autumn 2023 season. It will be the first full moon after the Autumnal Equinox in 2023.

The Autumnal Equinox marks the beginning of astronomical autumn and the end of astronomical summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

In 2023, the Autumnal Equinox will be Saturday September 23, 2023 2:50 AM EDT or 7:50 AM UTC.

Depending on the year, the Full Harvest Moon could occur either at the end of Summer or at the beginning of Autumn depending on how the full moons line up with the Autumnal Equinox.

October 28, 2023 (Full Hunter’s Moon)

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The October 2023 Full Moon, also called the Full Hunter’s Moon will be on Saturday October 28, 2023 at 4:24 PM EDT or 9:24 PM UTC. It will be the second full moon of the Autumn 2023 season as the second full moon after the Autumnal Equniox. The October Full Moon will be the full moon in Taurus.

November 27, 2023 (Full Beaver Moon)

The November 2023 Full Moon, also called the Full Beaver Moon, will be on Monday November 27, 2023 at 4:16 AM EST or 9:16 AM UTC. It will be the third full moon of the Autumn 2023 season. The November Full Moon will be the full moon in Gemini.

December 26, 2023 (Full Cold Moon)

The December 2023 Full Moon, also called Full Cold Moon, will be on Tuesday December 26, 2023 at 7:33 PM EST or December 27, 2023 at12:33 AM UTC. It will be the first full moon of the Winter 2023-2024 season as the first full moon after the Winter Solstice. The December Full Moon will be the full moon in Cancer.

The Winter Solstice is on the calendar for December 21, 2023 at 10:28 PM EST or December 22, 2023 at 3:28 AM UTC.

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Which season includes the December Full Moon?

In 2023, the December Full Moon will be the first full moon of the WInter 2023-2024 season. It will be the first full moon after the Winter Solstice in 2023.

The Winter Solstice marks the beginning of astronomical winter and the end of astronomical autumn in the Northern Hemisphere.

Why is there a full Moon in the middle of the day?

Some of the times included in the table show full moons happening in the middle of the day. How can this be?

While you can often see the Moon even during the day, it may at first seem odd to think of a full Moon occurring during daylight hours. However, there is a straightforward explanation.

The reason this happens is that the time refers to the exact moment when the Sun and Moon are aligned on opposite sides of the Earth. This moment is known as the 'syzygy' of the Sun-Earth-Moon system, and can happen at any time day or night.

The Moon will still look full either on the night before or the evening after the exact moment of 'full Moon'.

Chinese Moon Names

Month Name Month Name
January Holiday Moon July Hungry Ghost Moon
February Budding Moon August Harvest Moon
March Sleepy Moon September Chrysanthemum Moon
April Peony Moon October Kindly moon
May Dragon Moon November White Moon
June Lotus Moon December Bitter Moon

Full moon names often correspond to seasonal markers, so a Harvest Moon occurs at the end of the growing season, in September or October, and the Cold Moon occurs in frosty December. At least, that's how it works in the Northern Hemisphere.

In the Southern Hemisphere, where the seasons are switched, the Harvest Moon occurs in March and the Cold Moon is in June. According to Earthsky.org, these are common names for full moons south of the equator.

January: Hay Moon, Buck Moon, Thunder Moon, Mead Moon

February (mid-summer): Grain Moon, Sturgeon Moon, Red Moon, Wyrt Moon, Corn Moon, Dog Moon, Barley Moon

March: Harvest Moon, Corn Moon

April: Harvest Moon, Hunter’s Moon, Blood Moon

May: Hunter’s Moon, Beaver Moon, Frost Moon

June: Oak Moon, Cold Moon, Long Night’s Moon

July: Wolf Moon, Old Moon, Ice Moon

August: Snow Moon, Storm Moon, Hunger Moon, Wolf Moon

September: Worm Moon, Lenten Moon, Crow Moon, Sugar Moon, Chaste Moon, Sap Moon

October: Egg Moon, Fish Moon, Seed Moon, Pink Moon, Waking Moon

November: Corn Moon, Milk Moon, Flower Moon, Hare Moon

December: Strawberry Moon, Honey Moon, Rose Moon

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