2024 Full Moon calendar: Dates, times, types, and names (2024)

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A composite image showing the Full Moons in 2020 and 2021 by month. Credit: Soumyadeep Mukherjee.

Full Moons wield a magnetic charm. This monthly event has been the inspiration behind myths, tales, traditions, and even farming.

We’ll update this article multiple times each week with the latest moonrise, moonset, Full Moon schedule, and some of what you can see in the sky each week.

The Full Moon in April 2024 was at 7:49 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 23, and is called the Pink Moon.

The Full Moon in May 2024 is the Flower Moon and that will happen at 9:53 a.m. on Thursday, May 23.

Here’s the complete list of Full Moons this year and their traditional names.

2024 Full Moon schedule and names of each

(all times Eastern)

  • Jan. 25 — 12:54 p.m. — Wolf Moon 🐺
  • Feb. 24 —7:30 a.m. — Snow Moon ❄️
  • March 25 — 3 a.m. — Worm Moon 🪱
  • April 23 — 7:49 p.m. — Pink Moon 🎀
  • May 23 — 9:53 a.m. — Flower Moon 🌷
  • June 21 — 9:08 p.m. — Strawberry Moon 🍓
  • July 21 — 6:17 a.m. — Buck Moon 🦌
  • Aug. 19 — 2:26 p.m. — Sturgeon Moon 🐟
  • Sept. 17 — 10:34 p.m. — Corn Moon 🌽
  • Oct. 17 — 7:26 a.m. — Hunter’s Moon 🏹
  • Nov. 15 — 4:28 p.m. — Beaver Moon 🦫
  • Dec. 15 — 4:02 a.m. —Cold Moon 🥶

The phases of the Moon in April 2024

These images below show the day-by-day phases of the moon this month. The Full Moon in April was on April 23.

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The moonrise and moonset schedule this week

The following is adapted from Alison Klesman’s The Sky This Week article, which you can find here.

*Times for sunrise, sunset, moonrise, and moonset are given in local time from 40° N 90° W. The Moon’s illumination is given at 12 P.M. local time from the same location.

Friday, April 26
The Moon passes 0.3° north of the red giant star Antares in Scorpius today at 5 P.M. EDT. The pair is not visible in the early evening, rising in the hour before local midnight. You can catch them overnight tonight by looking southeast around 11:30 P.M. local daylight time — by that time, Antares is some 6° high and the bright gibbous Moon is nearly half that height.

The two will continue to rise into the early-morning hours of Saturday. They are now some 5° apart, with the Moon sitting to Antares’ southeast (lower left). The pair will sit due south around 3:30 A.M. local daylight time on Saturday morning.

While you’re waiting for them to rise, earlier on Friday evening you can enjoy the dark, Moonless window for observing fainter, deep-sky objects. Sitting above Leo the Lion in the south about two hours after sunset is the tiny constellation Leo Minor. Within this small star pattern lies NGC 3344, a beautiful face-on spiral galaxy that glows at magnitude 9.9.

You can find NGC 3344 about 6.3° east-northeast of 3rd-magnitude Zeta (ζ) Leonis in Leo. The galaxy also lies less than 2° due north of 5th magnitude 41 Leonis Minoris in southern Leo Minor. Through your scope, NGC 3344 will look like a soft, circular glow spanning about 7′. Larger scopes (8 inches or more) will show a brightening at its core. This galaxy is sometimes called the Sliced Onion Galaxy.

Sunrise: 6:06 A.M.
Sunset: 7:50 P.M.
Moonrise: 11:08 P.M.
Moonset: 7:18 A.M.
Moon Phase: Waning gibbous (93%)

Saturday, April 27
With the Moon rising just before midnight, there are again several hours of dark-sky viewing available after sunset. Let’s seek out the Ghost of Jupiter, often considered one of the springtime sky’s premier planetary nebulae. It’s also cataloged as NGC 3242.

Planetary nebulae consist of gas and dust blown off by aging red giant stars; as these stars evolve into white dwarfs, the debris remains, lit up by the white-hot remnant within for a short time. Planetary nebulae are fleeting, only lasting some 10,000 to 20,000 years before fading away.

The Ghost of Jupiter is so named because it spans roughly the same size as the gas giant planet in our sky: about 16″ in diameter. Its compact, spherical shape combined with its magnitude of 7.8 make it relatively bright and easy to observe. To most observers, and particularly in larger scopes, it looks distinctly blue-green.

The nebula is located in Hydra, which sits in the south an hour or two after sunset. You can find the Ghost of Jupiter by looking about 6.5° west-southwest of 3rd-magnitude 4 Crateris in nearby Crater the Cup.

Sunrise: 6:04 A.M.
Sunset: 7:52 P.M.
Moonrise: 11:06 P.M.
Moonset: 8:00 AM
Moon Phase: Waning gibbous (86%)

Sunday, April 28
Mars passes 0.04° south of Neptune at midnight EDT. Neither is visible at that time, as they rise a short time before sunrise — so tune in tomorrow, when we’ll catch them in the early-morning sky on Monday.

Tonight, let’s instead focus on the northern constellation Camelopardalis, which lies to the left of the North Star this evening. (Camelopardalis is a circumpolar constellation, meaning it appears to rotate around the North Star from northern locations, rather than rising in the east and setting in the west.)

Let’s first look for NGC 1502, a 6th-magnitude open cluster about 9° south of magnitude 4.6 Gamma (γ) Camelopardalis. This beautiful ball-shaped grouping of young stars is readily visible in binoculars as a soft glow, while telescopes will begin to pull out individual members as points of light.

NGC 1502 forms the “base” of a famous asterism called Kemble’s Cascade, which resembles a flow of water cascading down into a pool. The star cluster is often envisioned as the spray at the end of the line. From NGC 1502, you can trace the rest of the Cascade “backwards” to the source along 14 or so 7th- to 9th-magnitude stars to the northwest. NGC 1502 sits at the southeast end of the Cascade, which stretches about 2.5° in total.

Sunrise: 6:03 A.M.
Sunset: 7:53 P.M.
Moonrise: 12:11 A.M.
Moonset: 8:53 A.M.
Moon Phase: Waning gibbous (79%)

Monday, April 29

Sunrise: 6:02 A.M.
Sunset: 7:54 P.M.
Moonrise: 1:08 A.M.
Moonset: 9:56 A.M.
Moon Phase: Waning gibbous (69%)

Tuesday, April 30

Sunrise: 6:01 A.M.
Sunset: 7:55 P.M.
Moonrise: 1:56 A.M.
Moonset: 11:06 A.M.
Moon Phase: Waning gibbous (59%)

Wednesday, May 1
The Moon reaches Last Quarter at 7:27 A.M. EDT this morning. This lunar phase occurs when the Moon rises after midnight and lingers in the early-morning sky, offering early risers a chance to view our satellite before and after sunrise (though take extreme care when observing through optics after the Sun clears the horizon). Clearly visible now is the western portion of the nearside, dominated by Mare Imbrium and Oceanus Procellarum.

Sunrise: 5:59 A.M.
Sunset: 7:56 P.M.
Moonrise: 2:36 A.M.
Moonset: 12:20 P.M.
Moon Phase: Waning crescent (48%)

Thursday, May 2

Sunrise: 5:58 A.M.
Sunset: 7:56 P.M.
Moonrise: 3:09 A.M.
Moonset: 1:36 P.M.
Moon Phase: Waning crescent (36%)

Friday, May 3

Sunrise: 5:57 A.M.
Sunset: 7:57 P.M.
Moonrise: 3:37 A.M.
Moonset: 2:50 P.M.
Moon Phase: Waning crescent (26%)

How and why do Full Moons occur?

The phenomenon of a Full Moon arises when our planet, Earth, is precisely sandwiched between the Sun and the Moon. This unique alignment ensures the entire side of the Moon that faces us gleams under sunlight. And thanks to the Moon’s orbit around Earth, the angle of sunlight hitting the lunar surface and being reflected back to our planet evolves, giving birth to varied lunar phases.

These phases span the New Moon, waxing crescent, First Quarter, waxing gibbous, Full Moon, waning gibbous, Last Quarter, and waning crescent. A cycle starting from one Full Moon to its next counterpart, termed the synodic month or lunar month, lasts about 29.5 days.

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Though a Full Moon only occurs during the exact moment when Earth, Moon, and Sun form a perfect alignment, to our eyes, the Moon seems Full for around three days.

Different names for different types of Full Moon

There are a wide variety of specialized names used to identify distinct types or timings of Full Moons. These names primarily trace back to a blend of cultural, agricultural, and natural observations about the Moon, aimed at allowing humans to not only predict seasonal changes, but also track the passage of time.

For instance, almost every month’s Full Moon boasts a name sourced from Native American, Colonial American, or other North American traditions, with their titles mirroring seasonal shifts and nature’s events.

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Wolf Moon (January): Inspired by the cries of hungry wolves.

Snow Moon (February): A nod to the month’s often heavy snowfall.

Worm Moon (March): Named after the earthworms that signal thawing grounds.

Pink Moon (April): In honor of the blossoming pink wildflowers.

Flower Moon (May): Celebrating the bloom of flowers.

Strawberry Moon (June): Marks the prime strawberry harvest season.

Buck Moon (July): Recognizing the new antlers on bucks.

Sturgeon Moon (August): Named after the abundant sturgeon fish.

Corn Moon (September): Signifying the corn harvesting period.

Hunter’s Moon (October): Commemorating the hunting season preceding winter.

Beaver Moon (November): Reflects the time when beavers are busy building their winter dams.

Cold Moon (December): Evocative of winter’s chill.

In addition, there are a few additional names for Full Moons that commonly make their way into public conversations and news.

Super Moon: This term is reserved for a Full Moon that aligns with the lunar perigee, which is the Moon’s nearest point to Earth in its orbit. This proximity renders the Full Moon unusually large and luminous. For a Full Moon to earn the Super Moon tag, it should be within approximately 90 percent of its closest distance to Earth.

Blue Moon: A Blue Moon is the second Full Moon in a month that experiences two Full Moons. This phenomenon graces our skies roughly every 2.7 years. Though the term suggests a color, Blue Moons aren’t truly blue. Very occasionally, atmospheric conditions such as recent volcanic eruptions might lend the Moon a slightly blueish tint, but this hue isn’t tied to the term.

Harvest Moon: Occurring closest to the autumnal equinox, typically in September, the Harvest Moon is often renowned for a distinct orange tint it might display. This Full Moon rises close to sunset and sets near sunrise, providing extended hours of bright moonlight. Historically, this was invaluable to farmers gathering their produce.

Common questions about Full Moons

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What is the difference between a Full Moon and a New Moon? A Full Moon is witnessed when Earth lies between the Sun and the Moon, making the entire Moon’s face visible. Conversely, during a New Moon, the Moon lies between Earth and the Sun, shrouding its Earth-facing side in darkness.

How does the Full Moon influence tides? The Moon’s gravitational tug causes Earth’s waters to bulge, birthing tides. During both Full and New Moons, the Sun, Earth, and Moon are in alignment, generating “spring tides.” These tides can swing exceptionally high or low due to the combined gravitational influences of the Sun and Moon.

Do Full Moons have an impact on human behavior? While numerous tales suggest Full Moons stir human behavior, causing increased restlessness or even lunacy, rigorous scientific analyses have largely debunked these tales.

Full Moons, in their myriad forms, stand testament to humanity’s enduring captivation with the cosmos. They evoke not just our celestial connection but also tether us to Earth’s rhythms. Whether you’re an avid stargazer or an occasional night sky admirer, Full Moons invariably call for our attention, inviting both introspection and marvel.

Here are the dates for all the lunar phases in 2024:

New First Quarter Full Last Quarter
Jan. 3
Jan. 11 Jan. 17 Jan. 25 Feb. 2
Feb. 9 Feb. 16 Feb. 24 March 3
March 10 March 17 March 25 April 1
April 8 April 15 April 23 May 1
May 7 May 15 May 23 May 30
June 6 June 14 June 21 June 28
July 5 July 13 July 21 July 27
Aug. 4 Aug. 12 Aug. 19 Aug 26
Sept. 2 Sept. 11 Sept. 17 Sept. 24
Oct. 2 Oct. 10 Oct. 17 Oct. 24
Nov. 1 Nov. 9 Nov. 15 Nov. 22
Dec. 1 Dec. 8 Dec. 15 Dec. 22
Dec. 30
2024 Full Moon calendar: Dates, times, types, and names (2024)

FAQs

2024 Full Moon calendar: Dates, times, types, and names? ›

The most rare would be full moons that fall into multiple categories. For example, a “super blood moon” would be when a full moon at or near the part of its orbit where its closest to Earth is fully eclipsed.

What is the rarest moon form? ›

The most rare would be full moons that fall into multiple categories. For example, a “super blood moon” would be when a full moon at or near the part of its orbit where its closest to Earth is fully eclipsed.

How do you calculate full moon dates? ›

So, all you need to do is mark a time in the past where you know there was a New Moon. Say, 2002–11–05. Just count the days between that day and any other, divide that by 29.530589, and you will know what the exact phase is any time in the future.

Is there a pink moon in 2024? ›

The full moon of April 2024 put on a show for photographers, shining brightly in the spring night sky. The Full Pink Moon rose on April 23, 2024, putting a damper on chances of catching any Lyrid meteors but providing a gorgeous target for cameras around the globe.

What does the pink moon mean in 2024 spiritually? ›

Under the Pink Moon's glow, embrace change, honesty, and new opportunities. Engage in Full Moon rituals for purification and spiritual connection. Let the Pink Moon illuminate your path with clarity, inspiration, and prosperity.

Is there a blue moon in 2024? ›

When is the next Blue Moon? The next Blue Moon will occur on Aug. 19, 2024, at 2:26 p.m. ET (1826 GMT).

Are there 13 moons in 2024? ›

Since the lunar year — 12 orbits of the moon around Earth, each taking 29.5 days — lasts only 354 days, there are often 13 full moons in one solar year. That's exactly what happened in 2023. But with the first full moon of 2024 not rising until late January, the coming year will have only 12.

What is the meaning of the flower moon in 2024? ›

23 May 2024. Yuliia. This month's Full Flower Moon lands in expansive, optimistic Sagittarius on 23 May powering up travel plans, big ideas and all your dreams for the future. There's a magical, feel-good quality to this full moon which invites us to dream bigger, believe our luck and just go for it.

What rare moon events happen in 2024? ›

(Actually runs from August 11, 2024 - August 13, 2024.) August 19: Full Moon, Blue Moon - Since this is the third of four full moons in this season, it is known as a blue moon. This rare calendar event only happens once every few years, giving rise to the term, "once in a blue moon".

What month has no full moon? ›

The rarest of all calendar months are those without even one full moon; this can occur only in February. In the 20th century, Februaries without full moons happened only four times. In the 21st century, the coincidence will again happen only four times: in 2018, 2037, 2067, and 2094.

What is the rarest moon phase to be born on? ›

Considering all the Moon phases, on average the fewest children are born on days with the New Moon.

How many months is a full moon? ›

A cycle starting from one Full Moon to its next counterpart, termed the synodic month or lunar month, lasts about 29.5 days. Though a Full Moon only occurs during the exact moment when Earth, Moon, and Sun form a perfect alignment, to our eyes, the Moon seems Full for around three days.

What is the time period between each full moon? ›

How often does a full Moon occur? 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.

What is the February full moon called? ›

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MonthName
JanuaryFull Wolf Moon
FebruaryFull Snow Moon
MarchFull Worm Moon
AprilFull Pink Moon
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What dates are full moons? ›

Moon phase calendar for 2024
New MoonFirst QuarterFull Moon
Jan. 11, 6:57 a.m.Jan. 17, 10:53 p.m.Jan. 25, 12:54 p.m.
Feb. 9, 5:59 p.m.Feb. 16, 10:01 a.m.Feb. 24, 7:30 a.m.
March 10, 4:00 a.m.March 17, 12:11 a.m.March 25, 3:00 a.m.
April 8, 2:21 p.m.April 15, 3:13 p.m.April 23, 7:49 p.m.
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Is there a black moon in 2024? ›

The next Black Moon by the second new moon in a calendar month definition of the term will occur on 30 Dec. 2024.

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