2008 Full Moon: Lunar Calendar, Names, & Lunar Eclipses

Full Moon 2008 — In 2008, there were 12 full moons. The year had a seasonal blue moon, two lunar eclipses, and three full supermoons.

Illustration of the moon phase for the dates of the full moons in 2008

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 2008

In 2008, there were 12 full moons, with the first on Tuesday, January 22. February had a Total Lunar Eclipse, also called a Blood Moon, and there was a Partial Lunar Eclipse in August.

The dates and times of the full moons were:

Full MoonMoon CycleMoon SignSeason
Tuesday, January 22, 2008 8:35 a.m.Wolf MoonLeoWinter
Wednesday, February 20, 2008 10:31 p.m.Snow MoonVirgoWinter
Friday, March 21, 2008 2:40 p.m.Worm MoonVirgoSpring
Sunday, April 20, 2008 6:25 a.m.Pink MoonScorpioSpring
Monday, May 19, 2008 10:11 p.m.Flower MoonScorpioSpring
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 1:30 p.m.Strawberry MoonSagittariusSpring
Friday, July 18, 2008 3:59 a.m.Buck MoonCapricornSummer
Saturday, August 16, 2008 5:16 p.m.Sturgeon MoonAquariusSummer
Monday, September 15, 2008 5:13 a.m.Harvest MoonPiscesSummer
Tuesday, October 14, 2008 4:03 p.m.Hunter’s MoonAriesAutumn
Thursday, November 13, 2008 1:17 a.m.Beaver MoonTaurusAutumn
Friday, December 12, 2008 11:37 a.m.Cold MoonGeminiAutumn

Full Moon Names

The names of the full moons were:

  • January 22: Wolf Moon
  • February 20: Snow Moon
  • March 21: Worm Moon
  • April 20: Pink Moon
  • May 19: Flower Moon
  • June 18: Strawberry Moon
  • July 18: Buck Moon
  • August 16: Sturgeon Moon
  • September 15: Harvest Moon
  • October 14: Hunter’s Moon
  • November 13: Beaver Moon
  • December 12: 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 2008

In 2008 there was a seasonal blue moon on Monday, May 19 because Spring 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 Monday, September 15. 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 2008 it was part of Summer.

2008 Equinoxes and Solstices

Below are the dates for the equinoxes and solstices from 2008. None of the equinoxes or solstices fell on the same day as one of the full moons. Spring had four full moons, with a seasonal blue moon that year.

The 2008 dates of the equinoxes and solstices were:

  • Vernal Equinox (Spring): March 20, 2008 at 1:49 AM
  • Summer Solstice: June 20, 2008 at 8:00 PM
  • Autumnal Equinox: September 22, 2008 at 11:45 AM
  • Winter Solstice: December 21, 2008 at 7:04 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.