EACH month we are treated to a full moon but there are a lot of different types of moons during the year.
Here’s all you need to know about the Earth’s lunar calendar, when the next full moon is due and what type it will be…
Getty Images Every 29.5 days, we see the moon’s full face and each month’s full moon has a special name
What is a full moon?
This spectacle occurs when the Earth is directly in the between the sun and the moon.
It happens every 29 and a half days, and each month’s full moon has a special name.
This is because Native American tribes kept track of the months of the year by the lunar calendar.
Here’s the full list of upcoming full moons, the dates they fall on – and whether to catch them in the morning or evening.
When was the last full moon?
OCTOBER: Harvest Moon
This full moon, which is also known as the Blood Moon or Hunters Moon, guided hunters ahead of the lean winter.
This year it fell on October 5.
The Harvest Moon typically falls in September, but every three years (including 2017), it falls in October.
This particular name is given to the full moon which is closest to the September equinox, but as the astronomical seasons do not match up with the lunar month, it can sometimes fall in October.
Getty Images The last full moon, the Fruit Moon, happened on September 6
When is the next full moon?
NOVEMBER: Frost Moon
Also known as the Beaver Moon, this spectacle appears as the first frosts start to stick.
This year, it falls on November 4 – and will be at its brightest at 6.23am.
DECEMBER: Cold Moon
There’s no prizes for guessing how this wintery moon got its name.
It will fall on December 3 and shine at its brightest at the depressingly early time of 4.47pm.
JANUARY 2018: Wolf Moon
Sometimes known as Old Moon, this spectacle shines brightest at 3.24am on January 2.
Wolves were often heard howling with hunger in America around this time of year – which is how the moon got its name.
FEBRUARY 2018: Snow Moon
February is typically a snowy season in America, which is where the moon got its name.
Also known as the Hunger Moon, because of the difficult hunting conditions, this moon will fall on February 7 – and peak at 4.54pm.
Getty Images The Pink Moon, which rises on March 31, 2018, sets the date for Easter
MARCH 2018: Worm Moon
This particular spectacle has many names – and can also be known as the Sap Moon, Crow Moon or Lenten Moon.
In 2018, it will fall on March 2 – and shine its brightest at 1.51am.
MARCH 2018: Pink Moon
Despite its name, don’t be expecting a pink moon. This spectacle is named after the wildflowers which grow in the United States and Canada in the spring.
It’s also known as the Egg Moon or Fish Moon, because of the shad fish that swim upstream at this time of year.
This moon is particularly important because it is used to fix the date of Easter, which falls on the first Sunday after Easter, and marks the start of the Jewish Passover.
In 2018, the pink moon rises at 1.37pm on March 31 – and Easter Sunday falls on April 1.
APRIL 2018: Flower Moon
Spring has officially sprung by now, hence this moon’s name. It is sometimes known as the Corn Planting Moon, Bright Moon or Milk Moon.
Catch it at 1.58am on April 30 to see it in its full glory.
MAY 2018: Strawberry Moon
This moon marks the beginning on the strawberry picking season – and is also known as the Rose Moon, Hot Moon or Hay Moon.
In 2018, you can catch this full moon on May 29. It will peak at 3.19pm.
JUNE 2018: Thunder Moon
Also known as the Buck Moon, you can catch a glimpse of this full moon on June 28.
It will shine its brightest here in Britain at 5.53am – and is named after the thunder storms which typically fall during this season.
- What is a full moon?
- When was the last full moon?
- When is the next full moon?