1979 Full Moon: Lunar Calendar, Moon Names, & Lunar Eclipses

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1979 Full Moon — In 1979, there were 12 full moons. The year had a two lunar eclipses, and four full supermoons.

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

Illustration of the moon phase for the dates of the full moons in 1979

All dates and times are in United States Eastern Time for cities such as New York, adjusted for Daylight Savings Time for part of the year.

The dates and times of the full moons in 1979 were:

Lunar CycleFull MoonMoon SignSeason
Wolf Moon 1979Saturday, January 13, 1979 2:09 a.m.CancerWinter
Snow Moon 1979Sunday, February 11, 1979 9:39 p.m.LeoWinter
Worm Moon 1979Tuesday, March 13, 1979 4:14 p.m.VirgoWinter
Pink Moon 1979Thursday, April 12, 1979 8:15 a.m.LibraSpring
Flower Moon 1979Friday, May 11, 1979 10:01 p.m.ScorpioSpring
Strawberry Moon 1979Sunday, June 10, 1979 7:55 a.m.SagittariusSpring
Buck Moon 1979Monday, July 9, 1979 3:59 p.m.CapricornSummer
Sturgeon Moon 1979Tuesday, August 7, 1979 11:21 p.m.AquariusSummer
Corn Moon 1979Thursday, September 6, 1979 6:59 a.m.PiscesSummer
Harvest Moon 1979Friday, October 5, 1979 3:35 p.m.AriesAutumn
Beaver Moon 1979Sunday, November 4, 1979 12:47 a.m.TaurusAutumn
Cold Moon 1979Monday, December 3, 1979 1:08 p.m.GeminiAutumn

Full Moon Calendar for 1979

In 1979, there were 12 full moons on the calendar. In March there was a partial lunar eclipse and a total lunar eclipse in September. There were also 4 supermoons during the year starting in July.

January 13, 1979: Full Wolf Moon

The full moon in January 1979 was on Saturday, January 13, 1979. The full moon on January 13 was the first full moon of 1979. It was also the first full moon of the Winter 1978-1979 season. Also called the Full Wolf Moon, the January 13 full moon was the full moon in Cancer.

February 11, 1979: Full Snow Moon

The full moon in February 1979 was on Sunday, February 11, 1979. The full moon on February 11 was the second 1979 full moon. It was also the second winter full moon as the second full moon after the 1978 Winter Solstice. Known as the Full Snow Moon, the February 11 full moon was the full moon in Leo.

March 13, 1979: Full Worm Moon

The full moon in March 1979 was on Tuesday, March 13, 1979. The full moon on March 13 was the third full moon of 1979. It was the last full moon of Winter 1978-1979. Also called the Full Worm Moon, the March 13 full moon was the full moon in Virgo. There was also a partial lunar eclipse during the full moon.

April 12, 1979: Full Pink Moon

The full moon in April 1979 was on Thursday, April 12, 1979. The April 12 full moon was the fourth 1979 full moon. It was the first Spring full moon. Also called the Full Pink Moon, the April full moon was the full moon in Libra.

May 11, 1979: Full Flower Moon

The full moon in May 1979 was on Friday, May 11, 1979. The May 11 full moon was the fifth full moon in 1979. It was the second Spring full moon. Also called the Full Flower Moon, the May 11 full moon was the full moon in Scorpio.

June 10, 1979: Full Strawberry Moon

The full moon in June 1979 was on Sunday, June 10, 1979. The June 10 full moon was the sixth 1979 full moon. It was the last Spring full moon for 1979. Also called the Full Strawberry Moon, the June 10 full moon was the full moon in Sagittarius.

July 9, 1979: Super Buck Moon

The full moon in July 1979 was on Monday, July 9, 1979. The July 9 full moon was the seventh full moon of 1979. It was the first full moon of Summer. The July 9 full moon was also the first of four supermoons in 1979. It was also the full moon in Capricorn.

August 7, 1979: Super Sturgeon Moon

The full moon in August 1979 was on Tuesday August 7, 1979. The August 7 full moon was the eighth 1979 full moon. It was the second full moon of Summer. The August 7 full moon was the second of four supermoons in 1979. It was also the full moon in Aquarius.

September 6, 1979: Super Corn Blood Moon

The full moon in September 1979 was on Thursday, September 6, 1979. The September 6 full moon was the ninth full moon in 1979. It was the third and last full moon of Summer. The September 6 full moon was the third of four supermoons in 1979. There was also a total lunar eclipse during the full moon.

In 1979 it was not the closest full moon to the Autumnal Equinox, so this full moon would have been named the Full Corn Moon. As the full moon was a supermoon with a total lunar eclipse, the September 6 full moon was called a Super Corn Blood Moon. It was also the full moon in Pisces.

October 5, 1979: Super Harvest Moon

The full moon in October 1979 was on Friday, October 5, 1979. The October 5 full moon was the tenth 1979 full moon. It was the first Autumn full moon. The October 5 full moon was the last of the supermoons in 1979.

Typically called the Full Harvest Moon because it was the closest full moon to the Autumnal Equinox for 1979, the October 5 full moon was called the Super Harvest Moon as it was also a supermoon. It was also the full moon in Aries.

November 4, 1979: Full Beaver Moon

The full moon in November 1979 was on Sunday, November 4, 1979. The November 4 full moon was the eleventh full moon in 1979. It was the second Autumn full moon as the second full moon. Also called the Full Beaver Moon, the November 4 full moon was the full moon in Taurus.

December 3, 1979: Full Cold Moon

The full moon in December 1979 was on Monday, December 3, 1979. The full moon on December 3 was the last full moon of 1979. It was also the third and last Autumn full moon. Known as the Full Cold Moon, the December 3 full moon was the full moon in Gemini.

Full Harvest Moon in 1979

The Harvest Moon was on October 5, 1979. The October 5 full moon was the tenth full moon of 1979 and the full moon in Aries. The Full Harvest Moon was the first full moon of Autumn as the first full moon after the Autumnal Equinox.

Depending on the year, the Harvest Moon may either be part of the Summer or Autumn season. In 1979 it was part of Autumn.

Was there a blue moon in 1979?

No, there was not a blue moon in 1979. Each month had one full moon, and each season had three full moons. The next blue moon was in 1980.

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 relates to having an extra full moon on the calendar 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.

Full Moons by Season

In 1979 each season had three full moons, following the usual pattern.

The Equinoxes and Solstices in 1979 were on:

  • Vernal Equinox (Spring): March 21, 1979, at 12:22 AM EST or 5:22 AM UTC
  • Summer Solstice: June 21, 1979, at 7:57 PM EDT or 11:57 PM UTC
  • Autumnal Equinox: September 23, 1979, at 11:16 AM EDT or 3:16 PM UTC
  • Winter Solstice: December 22, 1979, at 6:10 AM EST or 11:10 AM

Winter Full Moons

Winter began in 1978 on December 22 and ended in 1979 on March 21 . The three full moons of Winter 1978-1979 were:

  1. January 13, 1979: Full Wolf Moon
  2. February 11, 1979: Full Snow Moon
  3. March 13, 1979: Full Worm Moon

Spring Full Moons

Spring in 1979 began on March 21 and ended on June 21. There three full moons of Spring 1979 were:

  1. April 12, 1979: Full Pink Moon
  2. May 11, 1979: Full Flower Moon
  3. June 10, 1979: Full Strawberry Moon

Summer Full Moons

Summer began in 1979 on June 21 and ended on September 23rd. The three full moons of Summer 1979 were:

  1. July 9, 1979: Super Buck Moon
  2. August 7, 1979: Super Sturgeon Moon
  3. September 6, 1979: Super Corn Blood Moon

Autumn Full Moons

Autumn in 1979 began on September 23 and ended on December 22. The three full moons of Autumn 1979 were:

  1. October 5, 1979: Super Harvest Moon
  2. November 4, 1979: Full Beaver Moon
  3. December 3, 1979: Full Cold Moon

The Full Harvest Moon occurred in the Autumn of 1979 as the first full moon of Fall. In some years, it will be the last full moon of Summer.

1979 Lunar Eclipses

In 1979 there were two lunar eclipses: a Partial Lunar Eclipse in March on March 13th and a Total Lunar Eclipse in September on September 6th. The September 6th lunar eclipse was also the last lunar eclipse during 1979.

There was a blood moon in 1979 because the September 6th full moon occurred at the same time as the total lunar eclipse. It was also a supermoon, naming the full moon a Super Corn Blood Moon. The blood moon nickname comes from the reddish hue the moon when the entire Moon is within the darkest part of Earth’s shadow.

1979 Supermoons

In 1979 there were four supermoons: July 9, August 7, September 6, and October 5. The September 6 supermoon also coincided with a total lunar eclipse in 1979, 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.

Moon Phases

The primary lunar phases of each moon are the new moon, the first quarter, the full moon, and last quarter.

The dates of the lunar phases in 1979 were:

Lunar CycleNew MoonFirst QuarterFull MoonLast Quarter
Wolf Moon 1979Fri, December 29, 2:36 p.m. (1978)Fri, January 5, 6:15 a.m.Sat, January 13, 2:09 a.m.Sun, January 21, 6:23 a.m.
Snow Moon 1979Sun, January 28, 1:19 a.m.Sat, February 3, 7:36 p.m.Sun, February 11, 9:39 p.m.Mon, February 19, 8:17 p.m.
Worm Moon 1979Mon, February 26, 11:45 a.m.Mon, March 5, 11:23 a.m.Tue, March 13, 4:14 p.m.Wed, March 21, 6:22 a.m.
Pink Moon 1979Tue, March 27, 9:59 p.m.Wed, April 4, 4:57 a.m.Thu, April 12, 8:15 a.m.Thu, April 19, 1:30 p.m.
Flower Moon 1979Thu, April 26, 8:15 a.m.Fri, May 4, 12:25 a.m.Fri, May 11, 10:01 p.m.Fri, May 18, 7:57 p.m.
Strawberry Moon 1979Fri, May 25, 8:00 p.m.Sat, June 2, 6:37 p.m.Sun, June 10, 7:55 a.m.Sun, June 17, 1:01 a.m.
Buck Moon 1979Sun, June 24, 7:58 a.m.Mon, July 2, 11:24 a.m.Mon, July 9, 3:59 p.m.Mon, July 16, 6:59 a.m.
Sturgeon Moon 1979Mon, July 23, 9:41 p.m.Wed, August 1, 1:57 a.m.Tue, August 7, 11:21 p.m.Tue, August 14, 3:02 p.m.
Corn Moon 1979Wed, August 22, 1:10 p.m.Thu, August 30, 2:09 p.m.Thu, September 6, 6:59 a.m.Thu, September 13, 2:15 a.m.
Harvest Moon 1979Fri, September 21, 5:47 a.m.Sat, September 29, 12:20 a.m.Fri, October 5, 3:35 p.m.Fri, October 12, 5:24 p.m.
Beaver Moon 1979Sat, October 20, 10:23 p.m.Sun, October 28, 8:06 a.m.Sun, November 4, 12:47 a.m.Sun, November 11, 11:24 a.m.
Cold Moon 1979Mon, November 19, 1:04 p.m.Mon, November 26, 4:09 p.m.Mon, December 3, 1:08 p.m.Tue, December 11, 8:59 a.m.

Sources

The dates and times provided by NASA in United States Eastern Time adjusted for Daylight Saving Time for part of the year in the United States (USA). Since you may be in a different time zone, the exact dates may shift for your calendar.

Photo of the full moon for the 1979 full moon dates