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1988 Full Moon Calendar with 13 full moons

The Full Moon 1988 Calendar takes you back to the year’s 13 full moons.

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 1988

All dates and times are in the U.S. Eastern Time Zone, adjusted for Daylight Savings Time for part of the year.

The dates and times of the full moons in 1988 were:

Date & TimeFull Moon NameMoon SignSeason
January 3, 1988 8:40 p.m.Full Wolf MoonCancerWinter
February 2, 1988 3:52 p.m.Full Snow MoonLeoWinter
March 3, 1988 11:01 a.m.Full Worm MoonVirgoWinter
April 2, 1988 4:21 a.m.Full Pink MoonLibraSpring
May 1, 1988 7:41 p.m.Full Flower MoonScorpioSpring
May 31, 1988 6:53 a.m.Full Blue MoonSagittariusSpring
June 29, 1988 3:46 p.m.Super Strawberry MoonCapricornSummer
July 28, 1988 11:25 p.m.Super Buck MoonAquariusSummer
August 27, 1988 6:56 a.m.Super Sturgeon MoonPiscesSummer
September 25, 1988 3:07 p.m.Super Harvest MoonAriesAutumn
October 25, 1988 12:36 a.m.Super Hunter’s MoonTaurusAutumn
November 23, 1988 10:53 a.m.Full Beaver MoonGeminiAutumn
December 23, 1988 12:29 a.m.Full Cold MoonCancerWinter

Full Moon Calendar for 1988

In 1988 there were 13 full moons including a blue moon with a second full moon in May. There was a penumbral lunar eclipse in March 1988 and a partial lunar eclipse in August.

January 3, 1988: Full Wolf Moon

The full moon in January 1988 was on Sunday, January 3, 1988. The Full Wolf Moon was the first full moon of Winter. The January 3 Full Moon was the full moon in Cancer.

February 2, 1988: Full Snow Moon

The full moon in February 1988 was on Tuesday, February 2, 1988. The Full Snow Moon was the second full moon of Winter. The February 2 Full Moon was the full moon in Leo.

March 3, 1988: Full Worm Moon

The full moon in March 1988 was on Thursday, March 3, 1988. The Full Worm Moon was the last full moon of Winter. The March 3 Full Moon was the full moon in Virgo.

April 2, 1988: Full Pink Moon

The full moon in April 1988 was on Saturday, April 2, 1988. The Full Pink Moon was the first full moon of Spring. The April 2 Full Moon was the full moon in Libra.

May 1, 1988: Full Flower Moon

The first full moon in May 1988 was on Sunday, May 1, 1988. The Full Flower Moon was the second full moon of Spring. The May 1 Full Moon was the full moon in Scorpio.

May 31, 1988: Full Blue Moon

The second full moon in May 1988 was on Tuesday, May 31, 1988. The Full Blue Moon was the last full moon of Spring. The May 31 Full Moon was the full moon in Sagittarius.

June 29, 1988: Super Strawberry Moon

The full moon in June 1988 was on Wednesday, June 29, 1988. The Super Strawberry Moon was the first full moon of Summer. The June 29 Full Moon was the full moon in Capricorn.

July 28, 1988: Super Buck Moon

The full moon in July 1988 was on Thursday, July 28, 1988. The Super Buck Moon was the second full moon of Summer. The July 28 Full Moon was the full moon in Aquarius.

August 27, 1988: Super Sturgeon Moon

The full moon in August 1988 was on Saturday, August 27, 1988. The Super Sturgeon Moon was the last full moon of Summer. The August 27 Full Moon was the full moon in Pisces.

September 25, 1988: Super Harvest Moon

The full moon in September 1988 was on Sunday, September 25, 1988. The Super Harvest Moon was the first full moon of Autumn. The September 25 Full Moon was the full moon in Aries.

October 25, 1988: Super Hunter’s Moon

The full moon in October 1988 was on Tuesday, October 25, 1988. The Super Hunter’s Moon was the second full moon of Autumn. The October 25 Full Moon was the full moon in Taurus.

November 23, 1988: Full Beaver Moon

The full moon in November 1988 was on Wednesday, November 23, 1988. The Full Beaver Moon was the last full moon of Autumn. The November 23 Full Moon was the full moon in Gemini.

December 23, 1988: Full Cold Moon

The full moon in December 1988 was on Friday, December 23, 1988. The Full Cold Moon was the first full moon of Winter. The December 23 Full Moon was the full moon in Cancer.

What were the 1988 Full Moon names?

The names of the full moons in 1988 were:

  • January 3: Wolf Moon
  • February 2: Snow Moon
  • March 3: Worm Moon
  • April 2: Pink Moon
  • May 1: Flower Moon
  • May 31: Blue Moon
  • June 29: Strawberry Moon
  • July 28: Buck Moon
  • August 27: Sturgeon Moon
  • September 25: Harvest Moon
  • October 25: Hunter’s Moon
  • November 23: Beaver Moon
  • December 23: Cold Moon

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

When was the Harvest Moon in 1988?

The Full Harvest Moon in 1988 was on Sunday, September 25, 1988. The September full moon was the tenth full moon of 1988 and was the full moon in Aries. The Harvest Moon was the first full moon of Autumn and was a supermoon..

Depending on the year, the Harvest Moon may either be part of the Summer or Autumn season. In 1988 it was part of Fall.

Was there a blue moon in 1988?

Yes, in 1988 there was a blue moon Tuesday, May 31 because May had 2 full moons. There wasn’t a seasonal blue moon in 1988 because none of the seasons had 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.

1988 Equinoxes and Solstices

The 1988 dates of the equinoxes and solstices were:

  • Vernal Equinox (Spring): March 20, 1988 at 5:39 a.m.
  • Summer Solstice: June 20, 1988 at 11:56 p.m.
  • Autumnal Equinox: September 22, 1988 at 3:29 p.m.
  • Winter Solstice: December 21, 1988 at 10:28 a.m.

None of the 1988 full moons coincided with the year’s equinoxes or solstices.

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: 1988 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.