1987 Full Moon Calendar with 12 full moons

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1987 Full Moon — In 1987, there were 12 full moons. The year had two lunar eclipses, and five 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.

Photo of full moon for the date and times of the Full Moon Calendar 1987

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 1987 were:

Date & TimeFull Moon NameMoon SignSeason
Wednesday, January 14, 1987 9:31 p.m.Full Wolf MoonCancerWinter
Friday, February 13, 1987 3:58 p.m.Full Snow MoonLeoWinter
Sunday, March 15, 1987 8:13 a.m.Full Worm MoonVirgoWinter
Monday, April 13, 1987 10:31 p.m.Full Pink MoonLibraSpring
Wednesday, May 13, 1987 8:50 a.m.Super Flower MoonScorpioSpring
Thursday, June 11, 1987 4:49 p.m.Super Strawberry MoonSagittariusSpring
Friday, July 10, 1987 11:33 p.m.Super Buck MoonCapricornSummer
Sunday, August 9, 1987 6:17 a.m.Super Sturgeon MoonAquariusSummer
Monday, September 7, 1987 2:13 p.m.Super Corn MoonPiscesSummer
Wednesday, October 7, 1987 12:12 a.m.Full Harvest MoonAriesAutumn
Thursday, November 5, 1987 11:46 a.m.Full Beaver MoonTaurusAutumn
Saturday, December 5, 1987 3:01 a.m.Full Cold MoonGeminiAutumn

Full Moon Calendar for 1987

In 1987 there were 12 full moons. While there wasn’t a blue moons in 1987, the March full Moon fell on the Ides of March.

There were penumbral lunar eclipses in April and October.

January 14, 1987: Full Wolf Moon

The full moon in January 1987 was on Wednesday, January 14, 1987. The Full Wolf Moon was the first full moon of Winter. The January 14 Full Moon was the full moon in Cancer.

February 13, 1987: Full Snow Moon

The full moon in February 1987 was on Friday, February 13, 1987. The Full Snow Moon was the second full moon of Winter. The February 13 Full Moon was the full moon in Leo.

March 15, 1987: Full Worm Moon

The full moon in March 1987 was on Sunday, March 15, 1987. The Full Worm Moon was the last full moon of Winter. The March 15 Full Moon was the full moon in Virgo.

April 13, 1987: Full Pink Moon

The full moon in April 1987 was on Monday, April 13, 1987. The Full Pink Moon was the first full moon of Spring. The April 13 Full Moon was the full moon in Libra.

May 13, 1987: Super Flower Moon

The full moon in May 1987 was on Wednesday, May 13, 1987. The Super Flower Moon was the second full moon of Spring. The May 13 Full Moon was the full moon in Scorpio.

June 11, 1987: Super Strawberry Moon

The full moon in June 1987 was on Thursday, June 11, 1987. The Super Strawberry Moon was the last full moon of Spring. The June 11 Full Moon was the full moon in Sagittarius.

July 10, 1987: Super Buck Moon

The full moon in July 1987 was on Friday, July 10, 1987. The Super Buck Moon was the first full moon of Summer. The July 10 Full Moon was the full moon in Capricorn.

August 9, 1987: Super Sturgeon Moon

The full moon in August 1987 was on Sunday, August 9, 1987. The Super Sturgeon Moon was the second full moon of Summer. The August 9 Full Moon was the full moon in Aquarius.

September 7, 1987: Super Corn Moon

The full moon in September 1987 was on Monday, September 7, 1987. The Super Corn Moon was the last full moon of Summer. The September 7 Full Moon was the full moon in Pisces.

October 7, 1987: Full Harvest Moon

The full moon in October 1987 was on Wednesday, October 7, 1987. The Full Harvest Moon was the first full moon of Autumn. The October 7 Full Moon was the full moon in Aries.

November 5, 1987: Full Beaver Moon

The full moon in November 1987 was on Thursday, November 5, 1987. The Full Beaver Moon was the second full moon of Autumn. The November 5 Full Moon was the full moon in Taurus.

December 5, 1987: Full Cold Moon

The full moon in December 1987 was on Saturday, December 5, 1987. The Full Cold Moon was the last full moon of Autumn. The December 5 Full Moon was the full moon in Gemini.

What were the 1987 Full Moon names?

The names of the full moons in 1987 were:

  • January 14: Wolf Moon
  • February 13: Snow Moon
  • March 15: Worm Moon
  • April 13: Pink Moon
  • May 13: Flower Moon
  • June 11: Strawberry Moon
  • July 10: Buck Moon
  • August 9: Sturgeon Moon
  • September 7: Corn Moon
  • October 7: Harvest Moon
  • November 5: Beaver Moon
  • December 5: Cold Moon

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

When was the Harvest Moon in 1987?

The Full Harvest Moon in 1987 was on Wednesday, October 7, 1987. The October full moon was the tenth full moon of 1987 and was the full moon in Aries. The Harvest Moon was the first full moon of Autumn.

Depending on the year, the Harvest Moon may either be part of the Summer or Autumn season. In 1987 it was part of Fall.

Was there a blue moon in 1987?

There was not a blue moon in 1987 because each month had one full moon and each season had three 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.

1987 Equinoxes and Solstices

Below are the dates for the equinoxes and solstices from 1987. None of the 1987 full moons coincided with the year’s equinoxes or solstices.

There were three full moons in each season, so no seasonal full moons occurred this year either.

The 1987 dates of the equinoxes and solstices were:

  • Vernal Equinox (Spring): March 20, 1987 at 11:52 p.m.
  • Summer Solstice: June 21, 1987 at 6:11 p.m.
  • Autumnal Equinox: September 23, 1987 at 9:45 a.m.
  • Winter Solstice: December 22, 1987 at 4:46 a.m.

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.

Related: 1987 Moon Phases


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.