2009 Full Moon: Lunar Calendar, Names, & Lunar Eclipses

Full Moon 2009 — In 2009, there were 13 full moons. The year had a blue moon, three lunar eclipses, and four full supermoons.

Illustration of the moon phase for the dates of the full moons in 2009

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 2009

In 2009, there were 13 full moons, with the first on Saturday, January 10. February, July, and August each had a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, and there was a Partial Lunar Eclipse during the December Blue Moon.

The dates and times of the full moons were:

Full MoonMoon CycleMoon SignSeason
Saturday, January 10, 2009 10:27 p.m.Wolf MoonCancerWinter
Monday, February 9, 2009 9:49 a.m.Snow MoonLeoWinter
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 10:38 p.m.Worm MoonVirgoWinter
Thursday, April 9, 2009 10:56 a.m.Pink MoonLibraSpring
Saturday, May 9, 2009 12:01 a.m.Flower MoonScorpioSpring
Sunday, June 7, 2009 2:12 p.m.Strawberry MoonSagittariusSpring
Tuesday, July 7, 2009 5:21 a.m.Buck MoonCapricornSummer
Wednesday, August 5, 2009 8:55 p.m.Sturgeon MoonAquariusSummer
Friday, September 4, 2009 12:03 p.m.Corn MoonPiscesSummer
Sunday, October 4, 2009 2:10 a.m.Harvest MoonAriesAutumn
Monday, November 2, 2009 2:14 p.m.Beaver MoonTaurusAutumn
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 2:30 a.m.Cold MoonGeminiAutumn
Thursday, December 31, 2009 2:13 p.m.Blue MoonCancerWinter

Full Moon Names

The names of the full moons were:

  • January 10: Wolf Moon
  • February 9: Snow Moon
  • March 10: Worm Moon
  • April 9: Pink Moon
  • May 9: Flower Moon
  • June 7: Strawberry Moon
  • July 7: Buck Moon
  • August 5: Sturgeon Moon
  • September 4: Corn Moon
  • October 4: Harvest Moon
  • November 2: Beaver Moon
  • December 2: Cold Moon
  • December 31: Blue Moon

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

Blue Moon in 2009

In 2009 there was a December Blue Moon on Thursday, December 31 because the month had two 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 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 Sunday, October 4. The October Full Moon was the tenth full moon of the year and was the full moon in Aries. The Full Harvest Moon was the first full moon after the Autumnal Equinox, making it the first full moon of Fall.

Depending on the year, the Full Harvest Moon may either be part of the Summer or Autumn season. In 2009 it was part of Fall.

2009 Equinoxes and Solstices

Below are the dates for the equinoxes and solstices from 2009. None of the equinoxes or solstices fell on the same day as one of the full moons.

All four seasons during 2009 had three full moons, so no seasonal blue moons occurred this year.

The 2009 dates of the equinoxes and solstices were:

  • Vernal Equinox (Spring): March 20, 2009 at 7:44 AM
  • Summer Solstice: June 21, 2009 at 1:45 AM
  • Autumnal Equinox: September 22, 2009 at 5:18 PM
  • Winter Solstice: December 21, 2009 at 12:47 PM

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 moon for the 2009 Full Moon Calendar