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Full Moon October 2023: The Full Hunter’s Moon

Mark your calendars for the next October 2023 Full Moon. The October full moon was on Saturday October 28, 2023 4:24 PM EDT or 8:24 PM UTC based on the data provided by NASA. It will be the eleventh full moon on the 2023 Full Moon calendar.

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.

Ready to dive a little deeper into the October 2023 Full Moon? Learn more about the moon’s nicknames and other facts.

Photo of the moon for the date of the the Full Hunter's Moon 2023, the October 2023 Full Moon

The dates and times provided by NASA in the United States Eastern Time are for Eastern Standard Time (EST) and Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) for part of the year in the United States. Also below is the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) time. Since you may be in a different time zone, the exact dates may shift for your calendar.

When was the full moon in October 2023?

The full moon in October was on Saturday October 28, 2023 4:24 PM EDT or 8:24 PM UTC. The October 28th full moon was the eleventh full moon of 2023 and the full moon in Taurus.

What was the name of the October 2023 Full Moon?

One name for the October 2023 Full Moon is the Full Hunter’s Moon. This nickname is inspired by Native Americans and their activities for getting ready for the winter. They would start gathering provisions to get them through the winter.

In some years, the October full moon’s name switches to the Full Harvest Moon if it occurs closer to the Fall Equinox and the September full moon.

Another nickname for October’s full moon includes the Blood Moon.

Which season included the October Full Moon?

In 2023, the October Full Moon was the second full moon of the Autumn 2023 season. It was the second full moon after the Autumnal Equinox in 2023.

The Autumnal Equinox marks the beginning of astronomical autumn and the end of astronomical summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

In 2023, the Autumnal Equinox was on Saturday September 23, 2023 2:50 AM EDT or 6:50 AM UTC.

Depending on the year, the Full Hunter’s Moon could occur either be the first or second Full Moon of Autumn, depending on if the September Full Moon happens before or after the Autumnal Equinox.

When was the new moon for the 2023 Full Hunter’s Moon?

The lunar cycle for the October Full Moon began with its new moon in October 2023. The New Hunter’s Moon was on Saturday October 14, 2023 1:55 PM EDT or 5:55 PM UTC and was the new moon in Scorpio.

Also interesting to note, in 2023, this was one of the few new moon-full moon cycles that was in the same month.

Was there be a full supermoon in October 2023?

No, the full moon in October 2023 will not be a full supermoon as it will be more than 360,000 kilometers away during the peak of the full moon. The year will have 2 supermoons in August and 2 additional full supermoons depending on the definition you use.

A full supermoon is a full moon that nearly coincides with the closest point that the Moon comes to the Earth in its orbit, called perigee. The moon will have a larger-than-usual appearance. There isn’t an official definition on the exact distance the moon needs to be to be called a supermoon. It’s approximately 360,000 kilometers or closer depending on the definition.

Was there a lunar eclipse during the October Full Moon?

Yes, there was a lunar eclipse during the full moon in October 2023. During the October 28th full moon there was a partial lunar eclipse.

The October lunar eclipse was the second of two lunar eclipses in 2023. There was also a penumbral lunar eclipse during the May Full Moon.

October 2023 Moon Phases in Eastern Time and UTC

Below are the lunar phases for October 2023 including the new moon, first quarter, full moon, and last quarter that are on the schedule for each month. The date and times are based on both the United States Eastern Time Zone and UTC, adjusted for daylight saving time.

Lunar PhaseUS Eastern Date & TimeUTC Date & Time
October Last QuarterOctober 6, 2023 9:48 AM EDTOctober 6, 2023 1:48 PM UTC
October New MoonOctober 14, 2023 1:55 PM EDTOctober 14, 2023 5:55 PM UTC
October First QuarterOctober 21, 2023 11:29 PM EDTOctober 22, 2023 3:29 AM UTC
October Full MoonOctober 28, 2023 4:24 PM EDTOctober 28, 2023 8:24 PM UTC

Future October Full Moons

Wondering when in the future the full moons will occur in October beyond October 2023 full moon? Here’s a list through 2029.

YearDay of the weekFuture October Full Moons
2024ThursdayOctober 17, 2024 7:26 AM EDT
2025MondayOctober 6, 2025 11:48 PM EDT
2026SundayOctober 25, 2026 11:12 PM EDT
2027FridayOctober 15, 2027 9:47 AM EDT
2028TuesdayOctober 3, 2028 12:25 PM EDT
2029MondayOctober 22, 2029 5:28 AM EDT

Past October Full Moons

And what about the past? Here is when the full moon occurred in the past for October.

YearDay of the weekPast October Full Moons
2023SaturdayOctober 28, 2023 4:24 PM EDT
2022SundayOctober 9, 2022 4:55 PM EDT
2021WednesdayOctober 20, 2021 10:57 AM EDT
2020SaturdayOctober 31, 2020 9:49 AM EDT (Blue Moon)
2020ThursdayOctober 1, 2020 5:05 PM EDT
2019SundayOctober 13, 2019 5:08 PM EDT
2018WednesdayOctober 24, 2018 12:45 PM EDT
2017ThursdayOctober 5, 2017 2:40 PM EDT

Frequently Asked Questions

Have additional questions about the October Full Moons? Here are a few of the frequently asked questions to help you.

How many full moons were there in October 2023?

In 2023, there was one full moon in October. The October Full Moon was on Saturday October 28, 2023 at 4:24 PM EDT or 8:24 PM UTC. There are other years with 2 full moons, with the second called a blue moon, but not for 2023.

Future Full Moon Calendars

And if you’re looking for when the full moon occurs for the rest of the year, check out these future full moon calendars.

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Photo of the moon for the October 2023 Full Moon, the Full Hunter's Moon