1986 Full Moon: Calendar, Moon Names, & Lunar Eclipses

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Full Moon 1986 — In 1986, there were 12 full moons. The year had a seasonal blue moon, two lunar eclipses, and four full supermoons.

Illustration of the moon phase for the dates of the full moons in 1986

All times and dates are in the United States Eastern Time Zone, adjusted for Daylight Savings Time for part of the year. The dates in your local time may shift.

The four primary lunar phases are the new moon, the first quarter, the full moon, and the last quarter. The lunar month last approximately a month or 29.53 days on average, also called a synodic month.

A new moon is the first lunar phase. You may be able to see a hint of it of it in the night sky. A full moon occurs when the Earth is directly between the Sun and the Moon, allowing the moon to appear illuminated entirely. 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.

Full Moon in 1986

In 1986 there were 12 full moons, with the first on Saturday, January 25. April and October each had a Total Lunar Eclipse, also called a blood moon.

The dates and times of the full moons were:

Full MoonLunar CycleMoon SignSeason
Saturday, January 25, 1986 7:31 p.m.Wolf Moon 1986LeoWinter
Monday, February 24, 1986 10:02 a.m.Snow Moon 1986VirgoWinter
Tuesday, March 25, 1986 10:02 p.m.Worm Moon 1986LibraSpring
Thursday, April 24, 1986 7:46 a.m.Pink Moon 1986ScorpioSpring
Friday, May 23, 1986 4:45 p.m.Flower Moon 1986SagittariusSpring
Saturday, June 21, 1986 11:42 p.m.Strawberry Moon 1986SagittariusSummer
Monday, July 21, 1986 6:40 a.m.Buck Moon 1986CapricornSummer
Tuesday, August 19, 1986 2:54 p.m.Sturgeon Moon 1986AquariusSummer
Thursday, September 18, 1986 1:34 a.m.Harvest Moon 1986PiscesSummer
Friday, October 17, 1986 3:22 p.m.Hunter’s Moon 1986AriesAutumn
Sunday, November 16, 1986 7:12 a.m.Beaver Moon 1986TaurusAutumn
Tuesday, December 16, 1986 2:05 a.m.Cold Moon 1986GeminiAutumn

Full Moon Names

The names of the full moons in 1986 were:

  • January 25: Wolf Moon
  • February 24: Snow Moon
  • March 25: Worm Moon
  • April 24: Pink Moon
  • May 23: Flower Moon
  • June 21: Strawberry Moon
  • July 21: Buck Moon
  • August 19: Sturgeon Moon
  • September 18: Harvest Moon
  • October 17: Hunter’s Moon
  • November 16: Beaver Moon
  • December 16: Cold Moon

The September full moon is called the Full Harvest Moon because it’s closer to the Autumn Equinox than the October Full Moon.

Blue Moon in 1986

In 1986 there was a seasonal blue moon as part of the Summer 1986 season because it had four full moons. The August 1986 full moon was considered a seasonal blue moon, which occurred on Tuesday, August 19, 1986 at 2:54 p.m.

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.

Harvest Moon

The Harvest Moon was on Thursday, September 18. The September Full Moon was the ninth full moon of the year and was the full moon in Pisces. The Full Harvest Moon was the last full moon before the Autumnal Equinox, making it the final full moon of Summer.

Depending on the year, the Full Harvest Moon may either be part of the Summer or Autumn season. In 1986 it was part of Summer.

Equinoxes and Solstices

Below are the dates for the equinoxes and solstices from 1986. The June Full Moon fell on the same day as the Summer Solstice.

During Summer 1986 there were four full moons. All of the other seasons had three full moons. The August 1986 full moon was the third full moon of the season and was considered to be a seasonal full moon.

The 1986 dates of the equinoxes and solstices were:

  • Spring Equinox (Vernal): Thursday, March 20 at 5:03 p.m.
  • Summer Solstice: Saturday, June 21 at 12:30 p.m.
  • Autumnal Equinox: Tuesday, September 23 at 3:59 a.m.
  • Winter Solstice: Sunday, December 21 at 11:02 p.m.


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.