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1978 Full Moon Calendar with 12 full moons

The 1978 Full Moon Calendar includes 12 full moons, 1 seasonal blue moon, 2 lunar eclipses, 5 supermoons, solstices, and equinoxes to help you look back at the past dates.

A full moon occurs when the Earth is between the Sun and Moon so that the moon looks completely illuminated. It happens about once a month or, 29.53 days on average.

Photo of the full moon for the 1978 full moon dates

The dates and times provided by NASA in United States Eastern Time are for both Eastern Standard Time (EST) and Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) for part of the year in the United States. Also below is the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) time. Since you may be in a different time zone, the exact dates may shift for your calendar.

Take a look back at the 1978 Full Moons

In 1978 there were 12 full moons. The dates and names of the full moons in 1978 were:

  • January 24, 1978: Full Wolf Moon
  • February 22, 1978: Full Snow Moon
  • March 24, 1978: Worm Blood Moon
  • April 22, 1978: Full Pink Moon
  • May 22, 1978: Super Flower Moon
  • June 20, 1978: Super Strawberry Moon
  • July 19, 1978: Super Buck Moon
  • August 18, 1978: Super Sturgeon Moon
  • September 16, 1978: Super Harvest Blood Moon
  • October 16, 1978: Full Hunter’s Moon
  • November 14, 1978: Full Beaver Moon
  • December 14, 1978: Full Cold Moon

Full Moon Calendar 1978

In 1978, there were 12 full moons on the calendar with one seasonal blue moon. In March and September there were total lunar eclipses. There were also 5 supermoons during the year starting in May.

Full Moon 1978Full Moon NameUS Eastern TimeUTC Time
January 24, 1978Full Wolf Moon2:56  AM EST7:56 AM UTC
February 22, 1978Full Snow Moon8:26  PM EST1:26 AM UTC
(February 23)
March 24, 1978Worm Blood Moon11:20  AM EST4:20 PM UTC
April 22, 1978Full Pink Moon11:11  PM EST4:11 AM UTC
(April 23)
May 22, 1978Super Flower Moon9:17 AM EDT1:17 PM UTC
June 20, 1978Super Strawberry Moon4:30 PM EDT8:30 PM UTC
July 19, 1978Super Buck Moon11:05 PM EDT3:05 AM UTC
(July 20)
August 18, 1978Super Sturgeon Moon6:14 AM EDT10:14 AM UTC
September 16, 1978Super Harvest Blood Moon3:01 PM EDT7:01 PM UTC
October 16, 1978Full Hunter’s Moon2:09 AM EDT6:09 AM UTC
November 14, 1978Full Beaver Moon3:00  PM EST8:00 PM UTC
December 14, 1978Full Cold Moon7:31  AM EST12:31 PM UTC

January 24, 1978: Full Wolf Moon

The full moon in January 1978 was on Tuesday January 24, 1978. The Full Wolf Moon was first full moon of the year. It was the second full moon of the Winter 1977-1978 season. The January 24 full moon was the full moon in Leo.

February 22, 1978: Full Snow Moon

The full moon in February 1978 was on Wednesday February 22, 1978. The Full Snow Moon was the last Winter full moon. The February 22nd full moon was the full moon in Virgo.

March 24, 1978: Worm Blood Moon

The full moon in March 1978 was on Friday March 24, 1978. The Worm Blood Moon was the first full moon of Spring. The March 24 full moon was the full moon in Libra.

As the full moon had a total lunar eclipse, the March 24 full moon was called a Worm Blood Moon. A nickname added to full moon that coincides with a total lunar eclipse is a blood moon because of the reddish hue the moon takes on during the eclipse.

April 22, 1978: Full Pink Moon

The full moon in April 1978 was on Saturday April 22, 1978. The Full Pink Moon was the second Spring full moon. The April 22 full moon was the full moon in Scorpio.

May 22, 1978: Super Flower Moon

The full moon in May 1978 was on May 22, 1978. The Super Flower Moon was the third Spring full Moon. The May 22 full moon was the full moon in Sagittarius.

The May full moon was also the first of five supermoons in 1978. It was also a seasonal blue moon because it was the third full moon in a season that had four full moons.

June 20, 1978: Super Strawberry Moon

The full moon in June 1978 was on Tuesday June 20, 1978. The Super Strawberry Moon was the last Spring full moon. The June 20 full moon was also the second of five supermoons in 1978. It was also the full moon in Sagittarius.

July 19, 1978: Super Buck Moon

The full moon in July 1978 was on Wednesday July 19, 1978. The Super Buck Moon was the first full moon of Summer. The July 19 full moon was also the third of five supermoons in 1978. It was also the full moon in Capricorn.

August 18, 1978: Super Sturgeon Moon

The full moon in August 1978 was on Friday August 18, 1978. The Super Sturgeon Moon was the second full moon of Summer. The August 18 full moon was the fourth of five supermoons in 1978. It was also the full moon in Aquarius.

September 16, 1978: Super Harvest Blood Moon

The full moon in September 1978 was on Saturday September 16, 1978. The Super Harvest Blood Moon was the last full moon of Summer. The September 16 full moon was the closest to the Autumnal Equinox in 1978 making it the Harvest Moon.

The September Full Moon was also the last of the 1978 full supermoons. There was also a total lunar eclipse during the full moon, also called a blood moon. It was also the full moon in Pisces.

October 16, 1978: Full Hunter’s Moon

The full moon in October 1978 was on Monday October 16, 1978. The Full Hunter’s Moon was the first full moon of Autumn. The October 16 full moon was the full moon in Aries.

November 14, 1978: Full Beaver Moon

The full moon in November 1978 was on Tuesday November 14, 1978. The Full Beaver Moon was the second Autumn full moon. The November 14 was the full moon in Taurus.

December 14, 1978: Full Cold Moon

The full moon in December 1978 was on Thursday December 14, 1978. The Full Cold Moon was the last full moon of 1978 and the last Autumn full moon. The December 14 full moon was the full moon in Gemini.

Harvest Moon 1978

The 1978 Full Harvest Moon was on September 16, 1978. The September 16th full moon was the ninth full moon of 1978 and the full moon in Pisces. The Full Harvest Moon was the last full moon of Summer as the third full moon after the Summer Solstice.

The 1978 Harvest Moon was also a supermoon and had a total lunar eclipse making it a Super Harvest Blood Moon.

Depending on the year, the Harvest Moon may either be part of the Summer or Autumn season. In 1978 it was part of Summer.

1978 Blue Moon

In 1978 there was a seasonal blue moon in May on May 22, 1978 as Spring had an extra full moon.The Super Flower Moon was the third Spring full Moon. The full moon on June 20 occurred about a day before the Summer Solstice making it possible in the schedule for Spring to have four full moons..

There are two definitions of blue moons. The most common, and the one you likely know, is when two full moons occur in the same month. The second full moon is typically called a blue moon.

The second definition of a blue moon relates to having an extra full moon during a season. When a season has four full moons, the third full moon of the season is also called a blue moon or a seasonal blue moon to help distinguish between the other definition.

There was not a calendar blue moon in 1978 because none of the months had 2 full moons that year.

Full Moons by Season in 1978

In 1978 most of the seasons had the typical 3 moons each except for Spring which had four.

The Equinoxes and Solstices in 1978 were on:

  • Vernal Equinox (Spring): March 20, 1978 6:34 PM EST or 11:34 PM UTC
  • Summer Solstice: June 21, 1978 2:10 PM EDT or 6:10 PM UTC
  • Autumnal Equinox: September 23, 1978 5:26 AM EDT or 9:26 AM UTC
  • Winter Solstice: December 22, 1978 12:21 AM EST or 5:21 AM UTC

Winter 1977-1978 Full Moons

Winter began in 1977 on December 21 and ended in 1978 on March 20. The three full moons of Winter were:

  1. December 25, 1977: Full Cold Moon
  2. January 24, 1978: Full Wolf Moon
  3. February 22, 1978: Full Snow Moon

Spring 1978 Full Moons

Spring in 1978 began on March 20 and ended on June 21. There three full moons of Spring were:

  1. March 24, 1978: Worm Blood Moon
  2. April 22, 1978: Full Pink Moon
  3. May 22, 1978: Super Flower Blue Moon
  4. June 20, 1978: Super Strawberry Moon

Summer 1978 Full Moons

Summer began in 1978 on June 21 and ended on September 23. There three full moons of Summer were:

  1. July 19, 1978: Super Buck Moon
  2. August 18, 1978: Super Sturgeon Moon
  3. September 16, 1978: Super Harvest Blood Moon

The Harvest Moon occurred in Autumn in 1978 as the last full moon of Summer. In some years it will be the first full moon of Autumn.

Autumn 1978 Full Moons

Autumn in 1978 began on September 23 and ended on December 22. There three full moons of Autumn were:

  1. October 16, 1978: Full Hunter’s Moon
  2. November 14, 1978: Full Beaver Moon
  3. December 14, 1978: Full Cold Moon

1978 Lunar Eclipses

In 1978 there were two total lunar eclipses also called blood moons. March 20 and September 16. The September 16th lunar eclipse was also the last lunar eclipse for 1978.

The blood moon nickname comes from the reddish hue the moon when the entire Moon is within the darkest darkest part of Earth’s shadow.

1978 Supermoons

In 1978 there were five supermoons: May 22, June 20, July 19, August 18, and September 16. The September 16 supermoon also coincided with a total lunar eclipse in 1978 making it a super blood moon.

A full supermoon is a full moon that nearly coincides with the closest point that the Moon comes to the Earth in its orbit, called perigee. The moon will have a larger-than-usual appearance. There isn’t an official definition on the exact distance the moon needs to be to be called a supermoon. It’s approximately 360,000 kilometers or closer depending on the definition.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few frequently asked questions about the 1978 Full Moon Calendar to help you review the moons in the past.

How many full moons were in 1978?

There were 12 full moons in 1978 with one full moon each month and three full moons during most seasons except for Spring which had four.

Was there a full moon on Christmas in 1978?

No, in 1978 there was not a full moon on Christmas or Christmas Eve. The closest full moon before the holiday on December 14th. In other years a Christmas or Christmas Eve full moon will occur, but not in 1978.

Was Halloween 1978 a Full Moon?

No in 1978 there was not a full moon on Halloween. The closest full moon before the holiday was on October 16th. In other years there is a Halloween full moon, but not in 1978.

Photo of the full moon for the 1978 full moon dates

Full Moons 1970 – 1979

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