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Full Moon Calendar 1981 of 12 full moons

Here’s the Full Moon 1981 Calendar to help you go back and look at the year’s 12 full moons, lunar eclipses, and a rare Winter seasonal blue moon.

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.

Photo of full moon for the date and times of the Full Moon Calendar 1981

Dates of the full moons in 1981

Below you can find dates and hours of the full moons in 1981. All dates and times are in U.S. Eastern Time for cities such as New York, adjusted for Daylight Savings Time for part of the year.

  • – Full Wolf Moon
  • – Full Snow Moon
  • – Full Worm Moon
  • – Full Pink Moon
  • – Full Flower Moon
  • – Full Strawberry Moon
  • – Full Buck Moon
  • – Full Sturgeon Moon
  • – Full Harvest Moon
  • – Super Hunter’s Moon
  • – Super Beaver Moon
  • – Super Cold Moon

Full Moon Calendar 1981

In 1981, there were 12 full moons on the calendar with a seasonal blue moon in February. As part of the January and July full moon there were penumbral lunar full moon eclipses.

Full Wolf Moon – January 20, 1981

The January Full Moon was on Tuesday, January 20 at 2:39 AM. The Full Wolf Moon was the second full moon of Winter. The January Full Moon was the full moon in Cancer. The January Lunar Eclipse was a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. Other names for the January Full moon include the Ice Moon, Old Moon,  Moon After Yule, and Snow Moon.

Full Snow Moon – February 18, 1981

The February Full Moon was on Wednesday, February 18 at 5:58 PM. The Full Snow Moon was the full moon of Winter. The February Full Moon was the full moon in Leo.

The February Full Moon was also a seasonal blue moon because it was the third full moon in a season that had four full moons. Other names for the February Full Moon include the Hunger Moon, Chaste Moon, and Storm Moon.

Full Worm Moon – March 20, 1981

The March Full Moon was on Friday, March 20 at 10:22 AM. The Full Worm Moon was the last full moon of Winter. The March Full Moon was the full moon in Virgo. Other names for the March Full Moon include the Sap Moon, Crow Moon, Chaste Moon, Sugar Moon, and Lenten Moon.

Full Pink Moon – April 19, 1981

The April Full Moon was on Sunday, April 19 at 2:59 AM. The Full Pink Moon was the first full moon of Spring. The April Full Moon was the full moon in Libra. Other names for the April Full Moon include the Egg Moon, Full Sprouting Grass Moon, and Full Fish Moon.

Full Flower Moon – May 18, 1981

The May Full Moon was on Monday, May 18 at 8:04 PM. The Full Flower Moon was the second full moon of Spring. The May Full Moon was the full moon in Scorpio. Other names for the May Full Moon include the Corn Planting Moon, and Milk Moon.

Full Strawberry Moon – June 17, 1981

The June Full Moon was on Wednesday, June 17 at 11:05 AM. The Full Strawberry Moon was the last full moon of Spring. The June Full Moon was the full moon in Sagittarius. Other names for the June Full Moon include the Rose Moon, Mead Moon, and Honey Moon.

Full Buck Moon – July 17, 1981

The July Full Moon was on Friday, July 17 at 12:39 AM. The Full Buck Moon was the first full moon of Summer. The July Full Moon was the full moon in Capricorn. There was also a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse at the same time as the full moon. Other names for the July Full Moon include the Thunder Moon and Hay Moon.

Full Sturgeon Moon – August 15, 1981

The August Full Moon was on Saturday, August 15 at 12:37 PM. The Full Sturgeon Moon was the second full moon of Summer. The August Full Moon was the full moon in Aquarius.

Other names for the August Full Moon include the Barley Moon, Corn Moon, Dog Moon, Fruit Moon Grain Moon, Green Corn Moon, Herb Moon, Red Moon, and Wyrt Moon.

Full Harvest Moon – September 13, 1981

The September Full Moon was on Sunday, September 13 at 11:09 PM. The Full Harvest Moon was the last full moon of Summer. The September Full Moon was the full moon in Pisces. As the September full moon was closer to the Autumn Equinox than the October full moon, it was called the Full Harvest Moon.

Full Hunter’s Moon – October 13, 1981

The October Full Moon was on Tuesday, October 13 at 8:49 AM. The Super Hunter’s Moon was the first full moon of Autumn. The October Full Moon was the full moon in Aries.

Full Beaver Moon – November 11, 1981

The November Full Moon was on Wednesday, November 11 at 5:26 PM. The Super Beaver Moon was the second full moon of Autumn. The November Full Moon was the full moon in Taurus. Another nickname for the November Full Moon is the Frosty Moon.

Full Cold Moon – December 11, 1981

The December Full Moon was on Friday, December 11 at 3:41 AM. The Super Cold Moon was the last full moon of Autumn. The December Full Moon was the full moon in Gemini. Other names for the December Full Moon include the Long Nights Moon and Oak Moon.

When was the Harvest Moon?

In 1981, the Harvest Moon in 1981 was on Sunday September 13. The September full moon was the ninth full moon of 1981 and was the full moon in Pisces. The Full Harvest Moon was the last full moon before the Autumnal Equinox, making it the last full moon of Summer 1981.

Depending on the year, the Harvest Moon may either be part of the Summer or Autumn season. In 1981 it was part of Summer.

Was there a blue moon in 1981?

In 1981 there was a seasonal blue moon on Wednesday February 18 because winter had four full moons. The March Full Moon occurred a few hours prior to the Vernal Equinox making this possible.

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.

The first full moon each season

In 1981 each season except for one had three full moons. There was a seasonal blue moon in February as a rare Winter Seasonal blue moon.

Equinoxes and Solstices

The dates of the equinoxes and solstices were:

  • Vernal Equinox (Spring): March 20 at 1:03 PM
  • Summer Solstice: June 21 at 7:45 AM
  • Autumnal Equinox: September 22 at 11:05 PM
  • Winter Solstice: December 21 at 5:51 PM

Equinox Full Moon

In 1981 the Spring Equinox and March full moon fell on the same date. The peak of the full moon occurred a few hours prior to the equinox.

Seasonal Blue Moon

Winter 1980-1981 had four full moons because the peak of the December 1980 full moon occurred a few hours after the Winter Solstice and the March 1981 full moon peaked a few hours prior to the Spring Equinox. The February 1981 full moon was considered a seasonal blue moon as it was the third full moon in a season with four full moons.

First Full Moons of the Season in 1981

The first spring full moon was on Sunday, April 19 as the Full Pink Moon. The first summer full moon was on Friday, July 17. The first autumn full moon was on Tuesday, October 13. The first full moon of Winter was in January 1982 as the December full moon occurred before the Winter Solstice.

What are the phases of the moon?

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

A new moon is the first lunar phase, which occurs on average about once a month or 29.53 days. The moon itself is not visible, though you may be able to “see” it because it blocks the visibility of the stars behind it.

A full moon occurs when the Earth is directly between the Sun and the Moon, allowing the moon to appear illuminated entirely. It happens about once a month, or 29.53 days on average.

The first quarter moon occurs between the new moon and the full moon, and the last quarter moon occurs after the full moon and before the next new moon.

Learn more about the 1981 Moon Phases

Related: New Moon 1981 Calendar

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few frequently asked questions about the 1981 Full Moon Calendar to help you review the moons in the past.

How many full moons were in 1981?

There were 12 full moons in 1981 with one full moon each month of the year. There was not a calendar blue moon that year, which would have increased the total number of annual full moons.

When was the first full moon of 1981?

The first full moon of 1981 was on Tuesday January 20, 1981 at 2:39 AM. It was called the Full Wolf Moon. It was also the second full moon of the Winter 1980-1981 season.

Was Halloween 1981 a Full Moon?

No in 1981 the October Full Moon was on October 13th, not on Halloween. In other years there is a Halloween full moon, which would also be an October Blue Moon.

Was Christmas 1981 a Full Moon?

No, in 1981 the December Full Moon was on December 11th, not on Christmas. In other years a Christmas or Christmas Eve full moon will occur, but not in 1981.

Sources

The dates and times provided by NASA in the United States Eastern Time are for 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.