Full Moon – What is a Full Moon?


What is a Full Moon? 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 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 when the moon is full that the opposing side, which is not visible to an observer on Earth, is entirely unlit­. Observers are faced with the illusion that the 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 possesses the extreme glowing light and size in the sky to draw the attention of any viewer on Earth.

When is a Full Moon?

Every 29.5 days, the end of a total lunar cycle, a full moon occurs. It’s phase of influence actually exists for a total of 9 days. It occurs for 3 days prior, 3 days during, and lasts for 3 days after. Sometimes there are two full moons in one month which occurs about every three years. The second full moon of the month is called a blue moon. The only month that can pass without any full moon at all is February, due to it’s limited number of days. Every full moon has a different name, depending on the month. They get their names according to the season and nature at the time (September- Harvest Moon).

Effects of a Full Moon

Tidal waves are also changed when the moon is full. At this time, high and low tides are at an absolute maximum and minimum. Also, the chances of being bitten by a dog are twice as high when the moon is full. There are several superstitions linked to the occurrence of a full moon, the most popular being to werewolf myths and legends.

Full Moon Calendars

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2016 Full Moon

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.

Some popular moon calendars 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!

Full Moon Calendar 2016 Dates

This calendar is expressed in Coordinated Universal Time and includes the dates, names, and times of all of the 2016 dates.

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