2012 Full Moon: Lunar Calendar, Moon Names, & Lunar Eclipses

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The Full Moons 2012 Calendar shows you the full moons in 2012, lunar eclipses, and a blue moon that occurred during the year.

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.

Illustration of the moon phase for the dates of the full moons in 2012

The full moon calendar of the full moon dates in 2012 with exact times and dates when they occurred in the U.S. Eastern Time Zone, adjusted for Daylight Saving Time for part of the year.

The dates and times of the 2012 full moons were:

  • Full Wolf Moon: January 9, 2012 at 2:30 AM
  • Full Snow Moon: February 7, 2012 at 4:54 PM
  • Super Worm Moon: March 8, 2012 at 4:39 AM
  • Super Pink Moon: April 6, 2012 at 3:19 PM
  • Super Flower Moon: May 5, 2012 at 11:35 PM
  • Super Strawberry Moon: June 4, 2012 at 7:11 AM
  • Super Buck Moon: July 3, 2012 at 2:52 PM
  • Full Sturgeon Moon: August 1, 2012 at 11:27 PM
  • Full Blue Moon: August 31, 2012 at 9:58 AM
  • Full Harvest Moon: September 29, 2012 at 11:19 PM
  • Full Hunter’s Moon: October 29, 2012 at 3:50 PM
  • Full Beaver Moon: November 28, 2012 at 9:46 AM
  • Full Cold Moon: December 28, 2012 at 5:21 AM

In 2012, there were 13 full moons with a blue moon in August. There were two lunar eclipses during the year.

Full Wolf Moon: January 9, 2012

The January 2012 Full Moon was on Monday, January 9, 2012 at 2:30 AM. The Full Wolf Moon was the first full moon of Winter. The January Full Moon was the Full Moon in Cancer. Other names for the January Full moon include the Ice Moon, Old Moon,  Moon After Yule, and Snow Moon.

Full Snow Moon: February 7, 2012

The February 2012 Full Moon was on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 4:54 PM. The Full Snow Moon was the second full moon of Winter. The February Full Moon was the Full Moon in Leo. Other names for the February Full Moon include the Hunger Moon, Chaste Moon, and Storm Moon.

Super Worm Moon: March 8, 2012

The March 2012 Full Moon was on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 4:39 AM. The Super Worm Moon was the last full moon of Winter. The March Full Moon was the Full Moon in Virgo. Other names for the March Full Moon include the Sap Moon, Crow Moon, Chaste Moon, Sugar Moon, and Lenten Moon.

Super Pink Moon: April 6, 2012

The April 2012 Full Moon was on Friday, April 6, 2012 at 3:19 PM. The Super Pink Moon was the first full moon of Spring. The April Full Moon was the Full Moon in Libra. Other names for the April Full Moon include the Egg Moon, Full Sprouting Grass Moon, and Full Fish Moon.

Super Flower Moon: May 5, 2012

The May 2012 Full Moon was on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 11:35 PM. The Super Flower Moon was the second full moon of Spring. The May Full Moon was the Full Moon in Scorpio. Other names for the May Full Moon include the Corn Planting Moon, and Milk Moon.

Super Strawberry Moon: June 4, 2012

The June 2012 Full Moon was on Monday, June 4, 2012 at 7:11 AM. The Super Strawberry Moon was the last full moon of Spring. The June Full Moon was the Full Moon in Sagittarius.

The lunar eclipse in June was a Partial Lunar Eclipse. Other names for the June Full Moon include the Rose Moon, Mead Moon, and Honey Moon.

Super Buck Moon: July 3, 2012

The July 2012 Full Moon was on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 2:52 PM. The Super Buck Moon was the first full moon of Summer. The July Full Moon was the Full Moon in Capricorn

Other names for the July Full Moon include the Thunder Moon and Hay Moon.

Full Sturgeon Moon: August 1, 2012

The August 2012 Full Moon was on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 11:27 PM. The Full Sturgeon Moon was the second full moon of Summer. The August Full Moon was the Full Moon in Aquarius.

Other names for the August Full Moon include the Barley Moon, Corn Moon, Dog Moon, Fruit Moon Grain Moon, Green Corn Moon, Herb Moon, Red Moon, and Wyrt Moon.

Full Blue Moon: August 31, 2012

The August 2012 Blue Moon was on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 9:58 AM. The Full Blue Moon was the last full moon of Summer. The August Blue Moon was the Full Moon in Pisces.

Full Harvest Moon: September 29, 2012

The September 2012 Full Moon was on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 11:19 PM. The Full Harvest Moon was the first full moon of Autumn. The September Full Moon was the Full Moon in Aries.

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

Full Hunter’s Moon: October 29, 2012

The October 2012 Full Moon was on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 3:50 PM. The Full Hunter’s Moon was the second full moon of Autumn. The October Full Moon was the Full Moon in Taurus.

Full Beaver Moon: November 28, 2012

The November 2012 Full Moon was on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 9:46 AM. The Full Beaver Moon was the last full moon of Autumn. The November Full Moon was the Full Moon in Gemini.

The lunar eclipse in November was a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. Another nickname for the November Full Moon is the Frosty Moon.

Full Cold Moon: December 28, 2012

The December 2012 Full Moon was on Friday, December 28, 2012 at 5:21 AM. The Full Cold Moon was the first full moon of Winter. The December Full Moon was the Full Moon in Cancer. Other names for the December Full Moon include the Long Nights Moon and Oak Moon.

2012 Equinoxes and Solstices

The 2012 dates of the equinoxes and solstices were:

  • Vernal Equinox (Spring): March 20, 2012 at 1:14 AM
  • Summer Solstice: June 20, 2012 at 7:08 PM
  • Autumnal Equinox: September 22, 2012 at 10:49 AM
  • Winter Solstice: December 21, 2012 at 6:12 AM

Moon Phases in 2012

Below are the lunar phases for 2012, including the new moon, first quarter, full moon, and last quarter of each month. The dates and times are based on the United States Eastern Time Zone, adjusted for daylight saving time for part of the year.

Lunar PhaseDate & TimeSeason
First QuarterSunday, January 1, 2012, 1:15 AMWinter
Full MoonMonday, January 9, 2012, 2:30 AMWinter
Last QuarterMonday, January 16, 2012, 4:08 AMWinter
New MoonMonday, January 23, 2012, 2:39 AMWinter
First QuarterMonday, January 30, 2012, 11:10 PMWinter
Full MoonTuesday, February 7, 2012, 4:54 PMWinter
Last QuarterTuesday, February 14, 2012, 12:04 PMWinter
New MoonTuesday, February 21, 2012, 5:35 PMWinter
First QuarterWednesday, February 29, 2012, 8:22 PMWinter
Full MoonThursday, March 8, 2012, 4:39 AMWinter
Last QuarterWednesday, March 14, 2012, 9:25 PMWinter
New MoonThursday, March 22, 2012, 10:37 AMSpring
First QuarterFriday, March 30, 2012, 3:41 PMSpring
Full MoonFriday, April 6, 2012, 3:19 PMSpring
Last QuarterFriday, April 13, 2012, 6:50 AMSpring
New MoonSaturday, April 21, 2012, 3:18 AMSpring
First QuarterSunday, April 29, 2012, 5:58 AMSpring
Full MoonSaturday, May 5, 2012, 11:35 PMSpring
Last QuarterSaturday, May 12, 2012, 5:47 PMSpring
New MoonSunday, May 20, 2012, 7:47 PMSpring
First QuarterMonday, May 28, 2012, 4:16 PMSpring
Full MoonMonday, June 4, 2012, 7:11 AMSpring
Last QuarterMonday, June 11, 2012, 6:41 AMSpring
New MoonTuesday, June 19, 2012, 11:02 AMSpring
First QuarterTuesday, June 26, 2012, 11:30 PMSummer
Full MoonTuesday, July 3, 2012, 2:52 PMSummer
Last QuarterTuesday, July 10, 2012, 9:48 PMSummer
New MoonThursday, July 19, 2012, 12:24 AMSummer
First QuarterThursday, July 26, 2012, 4:56 AMSummer
Full MoonWednesday, August 1, 2012, 11:27 PMSummer
Last QuarterThursday, August 9, 2012, 2:55 PMSummer
New MoonFriday, August 17, 2012, 11:55 AMSummer
First QuarterFriday, August 24, 2012, 9:53 AMSummer
Full MoonFriday, August 31, 2012, 9:58 AMSummer
Last QuarterSaturday, September 8, 2012, 9:15 AMSummer
New MoonSaturday, September 15, 2012, 10:11 PMSummer
First QuarterSaturday, September 22, 2012, 3:41 PMAutumn
Full MoonSaturday, September 29, 2012, 11:19 PMAutumn
Last QuarterMonday, October 8, 2012, 3:33 AMAutumn
New MoonMonday, October 15, 2012, 8:02 AMAutumn
First QuarterSunday, October 21, 2012, 11:32 PMAutumn
Full MoonMonday, October 29, 2012, 3:50 PMAutumn
Last QuarterTuesday, November 6, 2012, 7:36 PMAutumn
New MoonTuesday, November 13, 2012, 5:08 PMAutumn
First QuarterTuesday, November 20, 2012, 9:31 AMAutumn
Full MoonWednesday, November 28, 2012, 9:46 AMAutumn
Last QuarterThursday, December 6, 2012, 10:32 AMAutumn
New MoonThursday, December 13, 2012, 3:42 AMAutumn
First QuarterThursday, December 20, 2012, 12:19 AMAutumn
Full MoonFriday, December 28, 2012, 5:21 AMWinter

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.


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.