1981 Moon: New Moons, Full Moons, and Moon Phases

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1981 Moon — In 1981 there were 12 full moons and 13 new moons. The year had rare Winter Seasonal Blue Moon, and two lunar eclipses and two solar eclipses.

All times and dates are in the United States Eastern Time Zone, 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.

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 Moons in 1981

In 1981, there were 12 full moons, with the first on Tuesday, January 20. The year had a rare Winter Seasonal Blue Moon, the only way February will ever have one. January had a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse and there was a Partial Lunar Eclipse. in July.

Winter Seasonal Blue Moons are extremely rare because the season is the shortest of the four. For all four moons to fit within the season, the December Full Moon in the previous year has to peak a few hours after the Winter Solstice.

The dates and times of the full moons were:

  • January 20, 1981 – 2:39 a.m. — Full Wolf Moon. The January Full Moon was the second full moon of Winter and the Full Moon in Cancer.
  • February 18, 1981 – 5:58 p.m. — Full Snow Moon. The February Full Moon was the third full moon of Winter and the Full Moon in Leo.
  • March 20, 1981 – 10:22 a.m. — Full Worm Moon. The March Full Moon was the last full moon of Winter and the Full Moon in Virgo.
  • April 19, 1981 – 2:59 a.m. — Full Pink Moon. The April Full Moon was the first full moon of Spring and the Full Moon in Libra.
  • May 18, 1981 – 8:04 p.m. — Full Flower Moon. The May Full Moon was the second full moon of Spring and the Full Moon in Scorpio.
  • June 17, 1981 – 11:05 a.m. — Full Strawberry Moon. The June Full Moon was the last full moon of Spring and the Full Moon in Sagittarius.
  • July 17, 1981 – 12:39 a.m. — Full Buck Moon. The July Full Moon was the first full moon of Summer and the Full Moon in Capricorn.
  • August 15, 1981 – 12:37 p.m. — Full Sturgeon Moon. The August Full Moon was the second full moon of Summer and the Full Moon in Aquarius.
  • September 13, 1981 – 11:09 p.m. — Full Harvest Moon. The September Full Moon was the last full moon of Summer and the Full Moon in Pisces.
  • October 13, 1981 – 8:49 a.m. — Super Hunter’s Moon. The October Full Moon was the first full moon of Autumn and the Full Moon in Aries.
  • November 11, 1981 – 5:26 p.m. — Super Beaver Moon. The November Full Moon was the second full moon of Autumn and the Full Moon in Taurus.
  • December 11, 1981 – 3:41 a.m. — Super Cold Moon. The December Full Moon was the last full moon of Autumn and the Full Moon in Gemini.

New Moons in 1981

In 1981, there were 13 new moons, with the first on Tuesday, January 6. There was a Black Moon in July with a second new moon at the end of the month. February had an Annular Solar Eclipse, and there was a Total Solar Eclipse in July.

The dates and times of the new moons were:

  • January 6, 1981 – 2:24 a.m. — New Wolf Moon. The January New Moon was the first new moon of Winter and the New Moon in Capricorn.
  • February 4, 1981 – 5:14 p.m. — New Snow Moon. The February New Moon was the second new moon of Winter and the New Moon in Aquarius.
  • March 6, 1981 – 5:31 a.m. — New Worm Moon. The March New Moon was the last new moon of Winter and the New Moon in Pisces.
  • April 4, 1981 – 3:19 p.m. — New Pink Moon. The April New Moon was the first new moon of Spring and the New Moon in Aries.
  • May 4, 1981 – 12:19 a.m. — New Flower Moon. The May New Moon was the second new moon of Spring and the New Moon in Taurus.
  • June 2, 1981 – 7:32 a.m. — New Strawberry Moon. The June New Moon was the last new moon of Spring and the New Moon in Gemini.
  • July 1, 1981 – 3:03 p.m. — New Buck Moon. The July New Moon was the first new moon of Summer and the New Moon in Cancer.
  • July 30, 1981 – 11:52 p.m. — New Sturgeon Moon. The July New Moon was the second new moon of Summer and the New Moon in Leo.
  • August 29, 1981 – 10:44 a.m. — New Harvest Moon. The August New Moon was the last new moon of Summer and the New Moon in Virgo.
  • September 28, 1981 – 12:07 a.m. — New Hunter’s Moon. The September New Moon was the first new moon of Autumn and the New Moon in Libra.
  • October 27, 1981 – 3:13 p.m. — New Beaver Moon. The October New Moon was the second new moon of Autumn and the New Moon in Scorpio.
  • November 26, 1981 – 9:38 a.m. — New Cold Moon. The November New Moon was the last new moon of Autumn and the New Moon in Sagittarius.
  • December 26, 1981 – 5:10 a.m. — New Wolf Moon. The December New Moon was the first new moon of Winter and the New Moon in Capricorn.

Moon Phases in 1981

The lunar calendar for each full moon in 1981 included:

Lunar CycleNew MoonFirst QuarterFull MoonLast Quarter
Wolf Moon 1981January 6, 2:24 AMJanuary 13, 5:10 AMJanuary 20, 2:39 AMJanuary 27, 11:19 PM
Snow Moon 1981February 4, 5:14 PMFebruary 11, 12:49 PMFebruary 18, 5:58 PMFebruary 26, 8:14 PM
Worm Moon 1981March 6, 5:31 AMMarch 12, 8:50 PMMarch 20, 10:22 AMMarch 28, 2:34 PM
Pink Moon 1981April 4, 3:19 PMApril 11, 6:11 AMApril 19, 2:59 AMApril 27, 6:15 AM
Flower Moon 1981May 4, 12:19 AMMay 10, 6:22 PMMay 18, 8:04 PMMay 26, 5:00 PM
Strawberry Moon 1981June 2, 7:32 AMJune 9, 7:33 AMJune 17, 11:05 AMJune 25, 12:25 AM
Buck Moon 1981July 1, 3:03 PMJuly 8, 10:40 PMJuly 17, 12:39 AMJuly 24, 5:40 AM
Sturgeon Moon 1981July 30, 11:52 PMAugust 7, 3:26 PMAugust 15, 12:37 PMAugust 22, 10:16 AM
Harvest Moon 1981August 29, 10:44 AMSeptember 6, 9:26 AMSeptember 13, 11:09 PMSeptember 20, 3:48 PM
Hunter’s Moon 1981September 28, 12:07 AMOctober 6, 3:45 AMOctober 13, 8:49 AMOctober 19, 11:41 PM
Beaver Moon 1981October 27, 3:13 PMNovember 4, 8:09 PMNovember 11, 5:26 PMNovember 18, 9:54 AM
Cold Moon 1981November 26, 9:38 AMDecember 4, 11:22 AMDecember 11, 3:41 AMDecember 18, 12:47 AM

Moon Phases By Month

Each month, there are typically four moon phases; occasionally, the calendar aligns to have five.

MonthMoon PhaseDateTimeSeason
JanuaryNew MoonTuesday, January 62:24 AMWinter
JanuaryFirst QuarterTuesday, January 135:10 AMWinter
JanuaryFull MoonTuesday, January 202:39 AMWinter
JanuaryLast QuarterTuesday, January 2711:19 PMWinter
FebruaryNew MoonWednesday, February 45:14 PMWinter
FebruaryFirst QuarterWednesday, February 1112:49 PMWinter
FebruaryFull MoonWednesday, February 185:58 PMWinter
FebruaryLast QuarterThursday, February 268:14 PMWinter
MarchNew MoonFriday, March 65:31 AMWinter
MarchFirst QuarterThursday, March 128:50 PMWinter
MarchFull MoonFriday, March 2010:22 AMWinter
MarchLast QuarterSaturday, March 282:34 PMSpring
AprilNew MoonSaturday, April 43:19 PMSpring
AprilFirst QuarterSaturday, April 116:11 AMSpring
AprilFull MoonSunday, April 192:59 AMSpring
AprilLast QuarterMonday, April 276:15 AMSpring
MayNew MoonMonday, May 412:19 AMSpring
MayFirst QuarterSunday, May 106:22 PMSpring
MayFull MoonMonday, May 188:04 PMSpring
MayLast QuarterTuesday, May 265:00 PMSpring
JuneNew MoonTuesday, June 27:32 AMSpring
JuneFirst QuarterTuesday, June 97:33 AMSpring
JuneFull MoonWednesday, June 1711:05 AMSpring
JuneLast QuarterThursday, June 2512:25 AMSummer
JulyNew MoonWednesday, July 13:03 PMSummer
JulyFirst QuarterWednesday, July 810:40 PMSummer
JulyFull MoonFriday, July 1712:39 AMSummer
JulyLast QuarterFriday, July 245:40 AMSummer
JulyNew MoonThursday, July 3011:52 PMSummer
AugustFirst QuarterFriday, August 73:26 PMSummer
AugustFull MoonSaturday, August 1512:37 PMSummer
AugustLast QuarterSaturday, August 2210:16 AMSummer
AugustNew MoonSaturday, August 2910:44 AMSummer
SeptemberFirst QuarterSunday, September 69:26 AMSummer
SeptemberFull MoonSunday, September 1311:09 PMSummer
SeptemberLast QuarterSunday, September 203:48 PMSummer
SeptemberNew MoonMonday, September 2812:07 AMAutumn
OctoberFirst QuarterTuesday, October 63:45 AMAutumn
OctoberFull MoonTuesday, October 138:49 AMAutumn
OctoberLast QuarterMonday, October 1911:41 PMAutumn
OctoberNew MoonTuesday, October 273:13 PMAutumn
NovemberFirst QuarterWednesday, November 48:09 PMAutumn
NovemberFull MoonWednesday, November 115:26 PMAutumn
NovemberLast QuarterWednesday, November 189:54 AMAutumn
NovemberNew MoonThursday, November 269:38 AMAutumn
DecemberFirst QuarterFriday, December 411:22 AMAutumn
DecemberFull MoonFriday, December 113:41 AMAutumn
DecemberLast QuarterFriday, December 1812:47 AMAutumn
DecemberNew MoonSaturday, December 265:10 AMWinter

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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.