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Full Moons 2023, When were the Full Moons in 2023?

Full Moon Calendar 2023The calendar included the exact dates and times of the full moon in 2023, an August Blue Moon, four full supermoons, and two lunar eclipses.

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.

Photo of full moon for the date and times of the Full Moon Calendar 2023

Full Moon Calendar 2023

The full moon calendar of the full moon dates in 2023 with exact times and dates when they occurred in the United States Eastern Time Zone adjusted for Daylight Savings Time for part of the year.

In 2023, there were 13 full moons. The dates and times of the full moons in 2023 were:

  1. Friday, January 6, 2023 at 6:08 p.m. (Full Wolf Moon)
  2. Sunday, February 5, 2023 at 1:29 p.m. (Full Snow Moon)
  3. Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at 7:40 a.m. (Full Worm Moon)
  4. Thursday, April 6, 2023 at 12:34 a.m. (Full Pink Moon)
  5. Friday, May 5, 2023 at 1:34 p.m. (Full Flower Moon)
  6. Saturday, June 3, 2023 at 11:42 p.m. (Full Strawberry Moon)
  7. Monday, July 3, 2023 at 7:39 a.m. (Super Buck Moon)
  8. Tuesday, August 1, 2023 at 2:31 p.m. (Super Sturgeon Moon)
  9. Wednesday, August 30, 2023 at 9:35 p.m. (Super Blue Moon)
  10. Friday, September 29, 2023 at 5:57 a.m. (Super Harvest Moon)
  11. Saturday, October 28, 2023 at 4:24 p.m. (Full Hunter’s Moon)
  12. Monday, November 27, 2023 at 4:16 a.m. (Full Beaver Moon)
  13. Tuesday, December 26, 2023 at 7:33 p.m. (Full Cold Moon)

Full Moon Names in 2023

Each month, full moon names come from various traditions, including Native American Tribes and Europe.

The names of the full moons in 2023 were:

January 6: Full Wolf Moon

The full moon on Friday, January 6, was called the Full Wolf Moon. Other names for the January full moon were the Ice Moon, Old Moon, Moon After Yule, and Snow Moon. The January 2023 Full Moon was the Full Moon in Cancer and was the first full moon of Winter.

February 5: Full Snow Moon

The full moon on Sunday, February 5, was called the Full Snow Moon. Other names for the February full moon were the Hunger Moon, Chaste Moon, and Storm Moon. The February 2023 Full Moon was the Full Moon in Leo and the second full moon of Winter.

March 7: Full Worm Moon

The full moon on Tuesday, March 7, was called the Full Worm Moon. Other names for the March full moon were the Sap Moon, Crow Moon, Chaste Moon, Sugar Moon, and Lenten Moon. The March 2023 Full Moon was the Full Moon in Virgo and the last full moon of Winter.

April 6: Full Pink Moon

The full moon on Thursday, April 6, was called the Full Pink Moon. Other names for the full moon in April were the Egg Moon, Full Sprouting Grass Moon, and Full Fish Moon. The April 2023 Full Moon was the full moon in Libra and the first full moon of Spring.

May 5: Full Flower Moon

The full moon on Friday, May 5, was called the Full Flower Moon. Other names for the May Full Moon were the Corn Planting Moon and Milk Moon.

The May 2023 Full Moon was the full moon in Scorpio and the second full moon of Spring. The lunar eclipse in May was a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse.

June 3: Full Strawberry Moon

The full moon on Saturday, June 3, was called the Full Strawberry Moon. Other names for the June full moon were the Rose Moon, Mead Moon, and Honey Moon. The June 2023 Full Moon was the full moon in Sagittarius and the last full moon of Spring.

July 3: Super Buck Moon

The full moon on Monday, July 3 was called the Super Buck Moon because it was July Full Moon and one of the 2023 Full Supermoons. Other names for the July full moon were the Thunder Moon, and Hay Moon. The July 2023 Full Moon was the full moon in Capricorn and the first full moon of Summer.

August 1: Super Sturgeon Moon

The full moon on Tuesday, August 1, was called the Super Sturgeon Moon as the August Full Moon and one of the super full moons for the year.

Other names for the first August full moon were the Barley Moon, Corn Moon, Dog Moon, Fruit Moon, Grain Moon, Green Corn Moon, Herb Moon, Red Moon, and Wyrt Moon.

The August 2023 Full Moon was the full moon in Aquarius and the second full moon of Summer.

August 30: Super Blue Moon

The full moon on Wednesday, August 30 was called the Super Blue Moon as the second August Full Moon and another supermoon for the year. The August 2023 Full Moon was the full moon in Pisces and the last full moon of Summer.

September 29: Super Harvest Moon

Photo of the moon for the date of the the Full Harvest Moon in 2023, the September Full Moon

The full moon on Friday, September 29 was called the Super Harvest Moon because it was the closest full moon to the Autumnal Equinox for the year. It was also a supermoon for the year.

The September 2023 Full Moon was the full moon in Aries and the first full moon of Autumn The lunar eclipse in September was a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse.

October 28: Full Hunter’s Moon

The full moon on Saturday, October 28 was called Full Hunter’s Moon. The October 2023 Full Moon was the full moon in Taurus and the second full moon of Autumn.

November 27: Full Beaver Moon

The full moon on Monday, November 27, was called Full Beaver Moon. Another name for the November full moon was the Frosty Moon. The November 2023 Full Moon was the full moon in Gemini and the last full moon of Autumn.

December 26: Full Cold Moon

The full moon on Tuesday, December 26, was called the Full Cold Moon. Other names for the December Full moon are the Long Nights Moon and Oak Moon. The December 2023 Full Moon was the full moon in Cancer and the first full moon of Winter.

When was the blue moon in 2023?

In 2023, there was a blue moon on Wednesday, August 30, because August had two full moons. The August 30 full moon was the third and last full moon of Summer 2023.

Blue photo of the moon for the date of the blue moon in 2023

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 of a blue moon relates to having an extra full moon 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 to help distinguish between the other definition.

First Full Moons of the Seasons

Each season starts and ends with the equinoxes and solstices during the year.

The 2023 dates for the equinoxes and solstices are:

  • Spring Equinox (Vernal): March 20, 2023 at 5:25 PM
  • Summer Solstice: June 21, 2023 at 10:58 AM
  • Autumnal Equinox: September 23, 2023 at 2:50 AM
  • Winter Solstice: December 21, 2023 at 10:28 PM

The first full moon after Spring Equinox was on Thursday, April 6. The first full moon of Spring was the April full moon, also called the Full Pink Moon.

The first full moon after the Summer Solstice was on Monday, July 3.. The first full moon of Summer was the 2023 full moon, also called the Full Buck Moon.

The first full moon after the Autumn Equinox was on Friday, September 29. The first full moon of Autumn was the September full moon, also called the Full Harvest Moon.

The first full moon after the Winter Solstice was on Tuesday, December 26. The December full moon was called the Full Cold Moon and was the first full moon of Winter.

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.

Learn more about the New Moons in 2023 and the Moon Phases in 2023.

List of 13 Full Moon 2023 Dates including common nicknames

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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.