Full Moon Calendar 2016 with 12 full moons

When are the full moons in 2016? Here’s the Full Moon Calendar 2016 to help you keep track of the year’s 12 full moons, solstices, equinoxes, one seasonal full moon, and a couple of full moon eclipses.

What were the 2016 Full Moon Dates?

In 2016 there were 12 full moons. Here is a quick list of the 2016 Full Moon dates based on the information provided by NASA based on Eastern Time and adjusted for Daylight Saving Time:

  • January 23, 2016 20:46 EST (January 24, 2016 01:46 UTC)
  • February 22, 2016 13:20 EST (18:20 UTC)
  • March 23, 2016 08:01 EST (12:01 UTC)
  • April 22, 2016 01:24 EST (05:24 UTC)
  • May 21, 2016 17:15 EST (21:15 UTC)
  • June 20, 2016 07:02 EST (12:02 UTC)
  • July 19, 2016 18:57 EST (23:57 UTC)
  • August 18, 2016 05:27 EST (10:27 UTC)
  • September 16, 2017 15:05 EST (20:05 UTC)
  • October 16, 2016 00:23 EST (05:23 UTC)
  • November 14, 2016 08:52 EST (13:52 UTC)
  • December 13, 2016 19:05 EST (December 14, 2016 00:05 UTC)

Ready to dive a little deeper into the 2016 dates? Take a look at each month, the names associated with each full moon, the eclipses that occurred, and the dates for the equinoxes and solstices.

Picture of full moon for the 2016 Full Moon Calendar

Full Moon Calendar 2016

In 2016, there were 12 full moons. No calendar blue moons happened that year because none of the moons started with a full moon. There was a seasonal blue moon because the spring season had four full moons. Here’s a quick summary of the dates of each of the full moons, their names, and how they fit into each season.

The dates and times are provided by NASA in Eastern Standard Time (EST) with Daylight Saving Time (DST) for part of the year. Also below is the Universal Time Coordinated (UTC) time. This was previously referred to at Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Here are the dates of the 2016 Full Moons:

January 2016

The January 2016 Full Moon, also called the Full Wolf Moon, was on Saturday, January 23, 2016 20:46 EST or January 24, 2016 01:46 UTC. This was the second full moon of the Winter 2015-2016 season.

February 2016

The February 2016 Full Moon, also called the Full Snow Moon, was on Monday February 22, 2016 13:20 EST or 18:20 UTC. This was the third and last full moon of the Winter 2015-2016 season.

March 2016

The March 2016 Full Moon, also called the Full Worm Moon, was on Wednesday March 23, 2016 08:01 EST or 12:01 UTC. This was the first full moon of the Spring 2016 season and the first full moon after spring equinox 2016.

There was also a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse at the same time as the full moon, technically 13 minutes before the full moon peak. The moon will pass through the Earth’s penumbra resulting in a slight dimming of the moon’s surface. You likely won’t be able to tell the difference from a regular full moon.

The Vernal Equinox (Spring) was on March 20, 2016 00:31 EST or 05:31 UTC, about a week before the March Full Moon.

April 2016

The April 2016 Full Moon, also called the Full Pink Moon, was on Friday April 22, 2016 01:24 EST or 05:24 UTC. This was the second full moon of the Spring 2016 season.

May 2016

The May 2016 Full Moon, also called the Full Flower Moon, was on Saturday May 21, 2016 17:15 EST or 21:15 UTC. It was the third full moon of the Spring 2016 season.

And the August 2016 full moon was also the third full moon of the Spring 2016 Season. As this season had 4 full moons, this full moon was also a seasonal blue moon.

June 2016

The June 2016 Full Moon, also called the Full Strawberry Moon, was on Monday June 20, 2016 07:02 EST or 12:02 UTC. This was the fourth full moon of the Spring 2016 season as it occurs a few hours before the Summer Solstice.

The Summer Solstice was on the calendar for June 20, 2016 18:35 EST or 23:35 UTC.

July 2016

The July 2016 Full Moon, also called the Full Buck Moon, was on Tuesday July 19, 2016 18:57 EST or 23:57 UTC. This was the first full moon of the Summer 2016 season.

August 2016

The August 2016 Full Moon, also called the Full Sturgeon Moon, was on Thursday August 18, 2016 05:27 EST or 10:27 UTC. This was the second full moon of the Summer 2016 season.

September 2016

The September 2016 Full Moon, also called the Full Harvest Moon, was on Friday September 16, 2016 15:05 EST or 20:05 UTC. This was the third full moon of the Summer 2016 season.

The Autumn Equinox is on the calendar for September 22, 2016 10:21 EST or 15:21 UTC. As the September full moon was closer to the Autumn Equinox than the October full moon, it was called the Full Harvest Moon.

There was also a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse at the same time as the full moon, technically 9 minutes before the full moon peak.

October 2016

The October 2016 Full Moon, also called the Full Hunter’s Moon was on Sunday October 16, 2016 00:23 EST (05:23 UTC). This was the first full moon of the Autumn 2016 season.

November 2016

The November 2016 Full Moon, also called the Full Beaver Moon, was on Monday November 14, 2016 08:52 EST (13:52 UTC). This was the second full moon of the Autumn 2016 season.

December 2016

The December 2016 Full Moon, also called Full Cold Moon, was on Tuesday December 13, 2016 19:05 EST or December 14, 2016 00:05 UTC. This was the third full moon of the Autumn 2016 season as it occurred about a week before the Winter Solstice.

The Winter Solstice is on the calendar for December 21, 2016 05:45 EST or 10:45 UTC.

What are the names of 2016 full moons?

The names of the 2016 full moons are as follows:

  • January: Full Wolf Moon
  • February: Full Snow Moon
  • March: Full Worm Moon
  • April: Full Pink Moon
  • May: Full Flower Moon
  • June: Full Strawberry Moon
  • July: Full Buck Moon
  • August: Full Sturgeon Moon
  • September: Full Harvest Moon
  • October: Full Hunter’s Moon
  • November: Full Beaver Moon
  • December: Full 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.

Was there a blue moon in 2016?

In 2016 there was not a blue moon as no month had 2 full moons. There was a seasonal blue moon during the Spring 2016 season.

The Spring 2016 season had 4 full moons. The third moon in a four moon season is designated as the seasonal blue moon, and for 2016 was the May 2016 full moon on Saturday May 21, 2016 17:15 EST or 21:15 UTC.

2016 Equinoxes and Solstices

Below are the dates for the equinoxes and solstices for 2016.

MonthEquinox/Solstice2016 DateUTC Time
MarchVernal Equinox (Spring)March 20, 2016 00:31 EST05:31 UTC
JuneSummer SolsticeJune 20, 2016 18:35 EST23:35 UTC
SeptemberAutumn EquinoxSeptember 22, 2016 10:21 EST15:21 UTC
DecemberWinter SolsticeDecember 21, 2016 05:45 EST10:45 UTC

The first full moon after Spring Equinox 2016 was on Wednesday March 23, 2016 08:01 EST or 12:01 UTC. It’s the March 2016 full moon, also called the Full Worm Moon.

The first full moon after the Summer Solstice 2016 was on Tuesday July 19, 2016 18:57 EST or 23:57 UTC. It’s the July 2016 full moon, also called the Full Buck Moon.

The first full moon after the Autumn Equinox 2016 was on Sunday October 16, 2016 00:23 EST (05:23 UTC). It was the October 2016 full moon, also called the Full Hunter’s Moon. It’s almost a month after the Autumn Equinox because the September full moon was six days before the Equinox.

The first full moon after the Winter Solstice 2016 was on Thursday January 12, 2017 06:34 EST. It was the January 2017 full moon, also called the Full Wolf Moon. The December 2016 full moon was about a week prior to the solstice.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few frequently asked questions about the 2016 Full Moon Calendar to help you prepare for the year ahead.

How many full moons in 2016?

There were 12 full moons in 2016 with one full moon each month of the year. None of the months had a second full moon. There was a seasonal full moon in May 2016, but that did not add an additional full moon to the entire year.

When was the first full moon of 2016?

The first full moon of 2016 was on Saturday, January 23, 2016 20:46 EST or January 24, 2016 01:46 UTC. As the January Full Moon, it’s called the Full Wolf Moon.

When was the strawberry moon 2016?

The next Strawberry Moon 2016 was on Monday June 20, 2016 07:02 EST or 12:02 UTC. It is the name for the June Full moon and is the last full moon of the Spring 2016 season, occurring hours before the Summer Solistice.

When was the snow moon 2016?

The Snow Moon 2016 was on Monday February 22, 2016 13:20 EST or 18:20 UTC. It was the name for the February Full Moon and was the third and last full moon of the Winter 2015-2016 season.

What is the first full moon after the spring equinox 2016?

The first full moon after Spring Equinox 2016 was on Wednesday March 23, 2016 08:01 EST or 12:01 UTC. It was the March 2016 full moon, also called the Full Worm Moon.

Was there a blue moon in 2016?

There was 1 seasonal blue moon in 2016 as the Spring 2016 season had 4 full moons. The May 2016 full moon, also called the Full Flower Moon, was on Saturday May 21, 2016 17:15 EST or 21:15 UTC. It was the third full moon of the Spring 2016 season. There were no calendar blue moons that year as each month had 1 full moon.

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