2003 Full Moon: Lunar Calendar, Names, & Lunar Eclipses

Full Moon 2003 — In 2003, there were 12 full moons. The year had a two lunar eclipses, and four full supermoons.

Illustration of the moon phase for the dates of the full moons in 2003

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 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. 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.

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 2003

In 2003, there were 12 full moons, with the first on Saturday, January 18. May and November each had a Total Lunar Eclipse, also called a Blood Moon.

The dates and times of the full moons were:

Full MoonMoon CycleMoon SignSeason
Saturday, January 18, 2003 5:48 a.m.Wolf MoonCancerWinter
Sunday, February 16, 2003 6:51 p.m.Snow MoonLeoWinter
Tuesday, March 18, 2003 5:34 a.m.Worm MoonVirgoWinter
Wednesday, April 16, 2003 3:36 p.m.Pink MoonLibraSpring
Thursday, May 15, 2003 11:36 p.m.Flower MoonScorpioSpring
Saturday, June 14, 2003 7:16 a.m.Strawberry MoonSagittariusSpring
Sunday, July 13, 2003 3:21 p.m.Buck MoonCapricornSummer
Tuesday, August 12, 2003 12:48 a.m.Sturgeon MoonAquariusSummer
Wednesday, September 10, 2003 12:36 p.m.Harvest MoonPiscesSummer
Friday, October 10, 2003 3:27 a.m.Hunter’s MoonAriesAutumn
Saturday, November 8, 2003 8:13 p.m.Beaver MoonTaurusAutumn
Monday, December 8, 2003 3:37 p.m.Cold MoonGeminiAutumn

Full Moon Names

The names of the full moons were:

  • January 18: Wolf Moon
  • February 16: Snow Moon
  • March 18: Worm Moon
  • April 16: Pink Moon
  • May 15: Flower Moon
  • June 14: Strawberry Moon
  • July 13: Buck Moon
  • August 12: Sturgeon Moon
  • September 10: Harvest Moon
  • October 10: Hunter’s Moon
  • November 8: Beaver Moon
  • December 8: 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 2003

In 2003 there was not a blue moon because none of the months or seasons had an extra full moon.

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 Wednesday, September 10. 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 last full moon of Summer.

Depending on the year, the Full Harvest Moon may either be part of the Summer or Autumn season. In 2003 it was part of Summer.

2003 Equinoxes and Solstices

Below are the dates for the equinoxes and solstices from 2003. None of the equinoxes or solstices fell on the same day as one of the full moons.

All four seasons during 2003 had three full moons, so no seasonal blue moons occurred this year.

The 2003 dates of the equinoxes and solstices were:

  • Vernal Equinox: March 20, 2003 9:00 PM
  • Summer Solstice: June 21, 2003 3:11 PM
  • Autumnal Equinox: September 23, 2003 6:47 AM
  • Winter Solstice: December 22, 2003 2:04 AM

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.

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Photo of the moon for the calendar of the Full Moons 2003