Full Moon Moon Phase


What is a full moon moon phase? A full moon takes place when the moon and the Earth are located on opposite sides of the Sun. At this time, the moon, earth, and sun are aligned in a straight line. A full moon moon phase is a lunar phase, in which the illuminated side of the moon faces the Earth and humans see the lighted side of the moon. Lunar eclipses are only possible during a phase of the full moon. When the geocentric longitudes of the moon and the sun are at a variance of precisely 180 degrees, a full moon occurs. An observer on Earth would see an almost completely illuminated and perfectly round moon. It is only during a full moon that the opposing side, which is not visible to an observer on Earth, is entirely unlit­. Observers are faced with the illusion that the full moon is perfectly round, however the moon is actually more of an egg shaped and the pointed end is facing the earth. A full moon is a beautiful phenomenon which posesses the extreme glowing light and size in the sky to draw the attention of any viewer on Earth.

Full Moon Dates / Next Full Moon

When is the next full moon? A full moon moon phase comes about four weeks after a new moon. The average calendrical month, which is 1/12 of a year, is about 30.44 days, while the Moon’s phase (synodic) cycle repeats on average every 29.53 days. Therefore the timing of the Moon’s phases shifts by an average of almost one day for each successive month. t’s phase of influence actually exists for a total of 9 days. It occurs for 3 days prior, 3 days during the full moon, and lasts for 3 days after. To find out the full moon dates, please see the full moon calendar below.

Full Moon and The Moon Phases

Full Moon Moon Phase

Full Moon

The full moon happens when the Earth is between the Sun and the Moon. So we are seeing exactly when the moon is fully illuminated.

Each lunar cycle begins with a new moon. As the Moon moves eastward away from the Sun in the sky, we see a bit more of the sunlit side of the Moon each night. We call this waxing. After the new moon, the sunlit portion is increasing, but less than half illuminated, so it is a waxing crescent moon. When half of the Moon’s disc is illuminated, we call it the first quarter moon. As the sunlit portion continues to increase, now more than half illuminated, it becomes waxing gibbous moon. When the Moon reaches maximum illumination, a full moon moon phase, the Moon has completed one half of the lunar month.

During the second half of the lunar month, the Moon grows thinner each night. We call this waning. The waning gibbous moon phase occurs first, followed by the last quarter moon when half of the Moon’s disc is illuminated. Next is the waning crescent moon, which wanes until the illumination is completely gone; a new moon.

Full Moon Calendar 2016

The full moon calendar for 2016 is expressed in Coordinated Universal Time (UT), the international basis for other time zones, and occurs on the days between each waxing gibbous moon and waning gibbous moon. On these days, the full moon is up in the sky moving ahead of the sun across the sky’s dome. Astronomers call one lunar cycle a lunation. For full moon times in your city, please use the Time Zone Converter. You may also simply subtract five (5) hours to get to U.S. Eastern Time.

Full MoonYearDateTimeDay
Wolf Moon2016Jan 2401:46Sun
Snow Moon2016Feb 2218:20Mon
Worm Moon2016Mar 2312:01Wed
Pink Moon2016Apr 225:24Fri
Flower Moon2016May 2121:15Sat
Strawberry Moon2016Jun 2011:02Mon
Buck Moon2016Jul 1922:57Tue
Sturgeon Moon2016Aug 1809:27Thu
Harvest Moon2016Sep 1619:05Fri
Hunters Moon2016Oct 1604:23Sun
Beaver Moon2016Nov 1413:52Mon
Cold Moon2016Dec 2400:06Sat

Full Moon Calendars

Several religious calendars are based on the different phases of the Moon, including Hindu, Tibetan, Mayan and Celtic religions. None of the calendars feature the full moon as the start of the calendar, most have the full moon occur somewhere in the middle of the month. Many believers of certain religions hold rituals to celebrate the coming of a full moon. For example, the neo-pagans hold a monthly ritual called an Esbat.

Popular Full Moon Calendars

Some popular full moon calendars, in addition to the Full Moon Calendar, include the following: Moon Calendar 2011, Moon Calendar 2012, Moon Calendar 2013, Moon Calendar 2014, Moon Calendar 2015, Moon Calendar 2016, Moon Calendar 2017, Moon Calendar 2018, Moon Calendar 2019, Moon Calendar 2020.

You can also check out our Full Moon Calendar, Lunar Calendar, Lunar Eclipse Calendar and Solar Eclipse Calendar!