1987 Moon: New Moons, Full Moons, and Moon Phases

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1987 Moon — In 1987 there were 12 full moons and 12 new moons. The year had a seasonal black moon, 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 1987

In 1987, there were 12 full moons, with the first on Wednesday, January 14. April and October each had a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse.

The dates and times of the full moons were:

  • January 14, 1987 – 9:31 p.m. — Full Wolf Moon. The January Full Moon was the first full moon of Winter and the Full Moon in Cancer.
  • February 13, 1987 – 3:58 p.m. — Full Snow Moon. The February Full Moon was the second full moon of Winter and the Full Moon in Leo.
  • March 15, 1987 – 8:13 a.m. — Full Worm Moon. The March Full Moon was the last full moon of Winter and the Full Moon in Virgo.
  • April 13, 1987 – 10:31 p.m. — Full Pink Moon. The April Full Moon was the first full moon of Spring and the Full Moon in Libra.
  • May 13, 1987 – 8:50 a.m. — Super Flower Moon. The May Full Moon was the second full moon of Spring and the Full Moon in Scorpio.
  • June 11, 1987 – 4:49 p.m. — Super Strawberry Moon. The June Full Moon was the last full moon of Spring and the Full Moon in Sagittarius.
  • July 10, 1987 – 11:33 p.m. — Super Buck Moon. The July Full Moon was the first full moon of Summer and the Full Moon in Capricorn.
  • August 9, 1987 – 6:17 a.m. — Super Sturgeon Moon. The August Full Moon was the second full moon of Summer and the Full Moon in Aquarius.
  • September 7, 1987 – 2:13 p.m. — Super Corn Moon. The September Full Moon was the last full moon of Summer and the Full Moon in Pisces.
  • October 7, 1987 – 12:12 a.m. — Full Harvest Moon. The October Full Moon was the first full moon of Autumn and the Full Moon in Aries.
  • November 5, 1987 – 11:46 a.m. — Full Beaver Moon. The November Full Moon was the second full moon of Autumn and the Full Moon in Taurus.
  • December 5, 1987 – 3:01 a.m. — Full Cold Moon. The December Full Moon was the last full moon of Autumn and the Full Moon in Gemini.

New Moons in 1987

In 1987, there were 12 new moons, with the first on Thursday, January 29. August had a seasonal black moon with an extra Summer New Moon. March and September each had an Annular Solar Eclipse.

The dates and times of the new moons were:

  • January 29, 1987 – 8:44 a.m. — New Snow Moon. The January New Moon was the second new moon of Winter and the New Moon in Aquarius.
  • February 27, 1987 – 7:51 p.m. — New Worm Moon. The February New Moon was the last new moon of Winter and the New Moon in Pisces.
  • March 29, 1987 – 7:46 a.m. — New Pink Moon. The March New Moon was the first new moon of Spring and the New Moon in Aries.
  • April 27, 1987 – 9:34 p.m. — New Flower Moon. The April New Moon was the second new moon of Spring and the New Moon in Taurus.
  • May 27, 1987 – 11:13 a.m. — New Strawberry Moon. The May New Moon was the last new moon of Spring and the New Moon in Gemini.
  • June 26, 1987 – 1:37 a.m. — New Buck Moon. The June New Moon was the first new moon of Summer and the New Moon in Cancer.
  • July 25, 1987 – 4:38 p.m. — New Sturgeon Moon. The July New Moon was the second new moon of Summer and the New Moon in Leo.
  • August 24, 1987 – 7:59 a.m. — New Corn Moon. The August New Moon was the third new moon of Summer and the New Moon in Virgo.
  • September 22, 1987 – 11:08 p.m. — New Harvest Moon. The September New Moon was the last new moon of Summer and the New Moon in Virgo.
  • October 22, 1987 – 1:28 p.m. — New Beaver Moon. The October New Moon was the first new moon of Autumn and the New Moon in Libra.
  • November 21, 1987 – 1:33 a.m. — New Cold Moon. The November New Moon was the second new moon of Autumn and the New Moon in Scorpio.
  • December 20, 1987 – 1:25 p.m. — New Wolf Moon. The December New Moon was the last new moon of Autumn and the New Moon in Sagittarius.

Moon Phases in 1987

The lunar calendar for each full moon in 1987 included:

Lunar CycleNew MoonFirst QuarterFull MoonLast Quarter
Wolf Moon 1987December 30, 10:10 PM (1986)January 6, 5:35 PMJanuary 14, 9:31 PMJanuary 22, 5:45 PM
Snow Moon 1987January 29, 8:44 AMFebruary 5, 11:21 AMFebruary 13, 3:58 PMFebruary 21, 3:56 AM
Worm Moon 1987February 27, 7:51 PMMarch 7, 6:58 AMMarch 15, 8:13 AMMarch 22, 11:22 AM
Pink Moon 1987March 29, 7:46 AMApril 6, 3:48 AMApril 13, 10:31 PMApril 20, 6:15 PM
Flower Moon 1987April 27, 9:34 PMMay 5, 10:25 PMMay 13, 8:50 AMMay 20, 12:02 AM
Strawberry Moon 1987May 27, 11:13 AMJune 4, 2:53 PMJune 11, 4:49 PMJune 18, 7:03 AM
Buck Moon 1987June 26, 1:37 AMJuly 4, 4:34 AMJuly 10, 11:33 PMJuly 17, 4:17 PM
Sturgeon Moon 1987July 25, 4:38 PMAugust 2, 3:24 PMAugust 9, 6:17 AMAugust 16, 4:25 AM
Corn Moon 1987August 24, 7:59 AMAugust 31, 11:48 PMSeptember 7, 2:13 PMSeptember 14, 7:45 PM
Harvest Moon 1987September 22, 11:08 PMSeptember 30, 6:39 AMOctober 7, 12:12 AMOctober 14, 2:06 PM
Beaver Moon 1987October 22, 1:28 PMOctober 29, 12:10 PMNovember 5, 11:46 AMNovember 13, 9:38 AM
Cold Moon 1987November 21, 1:33 AMNovember 27, 7:37 PMDecember 5, 3:01 AMDecember 13, 6:41 AM

Moon Phases By Month

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

MonthMoon PhaseDateTimeSeason
JanuaryFirst QuarterTuesday, January 65:35 PMWinter
JanuaryFull MoonWednesday, January 149:31 PMWinter
JanuaryLast QuarterThursday, January 225:45 PMWinter
JanuaryNew MoonThursday, January 298:44 AMWinter
FebruaryFirst QuarterThursday, February 511:21 AMWinter
FebruaryFull MoonFriday, February 133:58 PMWinter
FebruaryLast QuarterSaturday, February 213:56 AMWinter
FebruaryNew MoonFriday, February 277:51 PMWinter
MarchFirst QuarterSaturday, March 76:58 AMWinter
MarchFull MoonSunday, March 158:13 AMWinter
MarchLast QuarterSunday, March 2211:22 AMSpring
MarchNew MoonSunday, March 297:46 AMSpring
AprilFirst QuarterMonday, April 63:48 AMSpring
AprilFull MoonMonday, April 1310:31 PMSpring
AprilLast QuarterMonday, April 206:15 PMSpring
AprilNew MoonMonday, April 279:34 PMSpring
MayFirst QuarterTuesday, May 510:25 PMSpring
MayFull MoonWednesday, May 138:50 AMSpring
MayLast QuarterWednesday, May 2012:02 AMSpring
MayNew MoonWednesday, May 2711:13 AMSpring
JuneFirst QuarterThursday, June 42:53 PMSpring
JuneFull MoonThursday, June 114:49 PMSpring
JuneLast QuarterThursday, June 187:03 AMSpring
JuneNew MoonFriday, June 261:37 AMSummer
JulyFirst QuarterSaturday, July 44:34 AMSummer
JulyFull MoonFriday, July 1011:33 PMSummer
JulyLast QuarterFriday, July 174:17 PMSummer
JulyNew MoonSaturday, July 254:38 PMSummer
AugustFirst QuarterSunday, August 23:24 PMSummer
AugustFull MoonSunday, August 96:17 AMSummer
AugustLast QuarterSunday, August 164:25 AMSummer
AugustNew MoonMonday, August 247:59 AMSummer
AugustFirst QuarterMonday, August 3111:48 PMSummer
SeptemberFull MoonMonday, September 72:13 PMSummer
SeptemberLast QuarterMonday, September 147:45 PMSummer
SeptemberNew MoonTuesday, September 2211:08 PMSummer
SeptemberFirst QuarterWednesday, September 306:39 AMAutumn
OctoberFull MoonWednesday, October 712:12 AMAutumn
OctoberLast QuarterWednesday, October 142:06 PMAutumn
OctoberNew MoonThursday, October 221:28 PMAutumn
OctoberFirst QuarterThursday, October 2912:10 PMAutumn
NovemberFull MoonThursday, November 511:46 AMAutumn
NovemberLast QuarterFriday, November 139:38 AMAutumn
NovemberNew MoonSaturday, November 211:33 AMAutumn
NovemberFirst QuarterFriday, November 277:37 PMAutumn
DecemberFull MoonSaturday, December 53:01 AMAutumn
DecemberLast QuarterSunday, December 136:41 AMAutumn
DecemberNew MoonSunday, December 201:25 PMAutumn
DecemberFirst QuarterSunday, December 275:01 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.