1988 Moon: New Moons, Full Moons, and Moon Phases

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1988 Moon — In 1988 there were 13 full moons and 12 new moons. The year a blue moons, no full moon in February, 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 1988

In 1988, there were 13 full moons, with the first on Sunday, January 3. There was a blue moon in May. March had a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, and there was a Partial Lunar Eclipse in August.

The dates and times of the full moons were:

  • January 3, 1988 – 8:40 p.m. — Full Wolf Moon. The January Full Moon was the first full moon of Winter and the Full Moon in Cancer.
  • February 2, 1988 – 3:52 p.m. — Full Snow Moon. The February Full Moon was the second full moon of Winter and the Full Moon in Leo.
  • March 3, 1988 – 11:01 a.m. — Full Worm Moon. The March Full Moon was the last full moon of Winter and the Full Moon in Virgo.
  • April 2, 1988 – 4:21 a.m. — Full Pink Moon. The April Full Moon was the first full moon of Spring and the Full Moon in Libra.
  • May 1, 1988 – 7:41 p.m. — Full Flower Moon. The May Full Moon was the second full moon of Spring and the Full Moon in Scorpio.
  • May 31, 1988 – 6:53 a.m. — Full Blue Moon. The May Full Moon was the last full moon of Spring and the Full Moon in Sagittarius.
  • June 29, 1988 – 3:46 p.m. — Super Strawberry Moon. The June Full Moon was the first full moon of Summer and the Full Moon in Capricorn.
  • July 28, 1988 – 11:25 p.m. — Super Buck Moon. The July Full Moon was the second full moon of Summer and the Full Moon in Aquarius.
  • August 27, 1988 – 6:56 a.m. — Super Sturgeon Moon. The August Full Moon was the last full moon of Summer and the Full Moon in Pisces.
  • September 25, 1988 – 3:07 p.m. — Super Harvest Moon. The September Full Moon was the first full moon of Autumn and the Full Moon in Aries.
  • October 25, 1988 – 12:36 a.m. — Super Hunter’s Moon. The October Full Moon was the second full moon of Autumn and the Full Moon in Taurus.
  • November 23, 1988 – 10:53 a.m. — Full Beaver Moon. The November Full Moon was the last full moon of Autumn and the Full Moon in Gemini.
  • December 23, 1988 – 12:29 a.m. — Full Cold Moon. The December Full Moon was the first full moon of Winter and the Full Moon in Cancer.

New Moons in 1988

In 1988, there were 12 new moons, with the first on Tuesday, January 19. March had a Total Solar Eclipse, and there was an Annular Solar Eclipse in September.

The dates and times of the new moons were:

  • January 19, 1988 – 12:25 a.m. — New Snow Moon. The January New Moon was the first new moon of Winter and the New Moon in Capricorn.
  • February 17, 1988 – 10:54 a.m. — New Worm Moon. The February New Moon was the second new moon of Winter and the New Moon in Aquarius.
  • March 17, 1988 – 9:02 p.m. — New Pink Moon. The March New Moon was the last new moon of Winter and the New Moon in Pisces.
  • April 16, 1988 – 8:00 a.m. — New Flower Moon. The April New Moon was the first new moon of Spring and the New Moon in Aries.
  • May 15, 1988 – 6:10 p.m. — New Blue Moon. The May New Moon was the second new moon of Spring and the New Moon in Taurus.
  • June 14, 1988 – 5:14 a.m. — New Strawberry Moon. The June New Moon was the last new moon of Spring and the New Moon in Gemini.
  • July 13, 1988 – 5:53 p.m. — New Buck Moon. The July New Moon was the first new moon of Summer and the New Moon in Cancer.
  • August 12, 1988 – 8:31 a.m. — New Sturgeon Moon. The August New Moon was the second new moon of Summer and the New Moon in Leo.
  • September 11, 1988 – 12:49 a.m. — New Harvest Moon. The September New Moon was the last new moon of Summer and the New Moon in Virgo.
  • October 10, 1988 – 5:49 p.m. — New Hunter’s Moon. The October New Moon was the first new moon of Autumn and the New Moon in Libra.
  • November 9, 1988 – 9:20 a.m. — New Beaver Moon. The November New Moon was the second new moon of Autumn and the New Moon in Scorpio.
  • December 9, 1988 – 12:36 a.m. — New Cold Moon. The December New Moon was the last new moon of Autumn and the New Moon in Sagittarius.

Moon Phases in 1988

The lunar calendar for each full moon in 1988 included:

Lunar CycleNew MoonFirst QuarterFull MoonLast Quarter
Wolf Moon 1988December 20, 1:25 PM (1987)December 27, 5:01 AM (1987)January 3, 8:40 PMJanuary 12, 2:04 AM
Snow Moon 1988January 19, 12:25 AMJanuary 25, 4:54 PMFebruary 2, 3:52 PMFebruary 10, 6:01 PM
Worm Moon 1988February 17, 10:54 AMFebruary 24, 7:15 AMMarch 3, 11:01 AMMarch 11, 5:56 AM
Pink Moon 1988March 17, 9:02 PMMarch 24, 11:42 PMApril 2, 4:21 AMApril 9, 3:21 PM
Flower Moon 1988April 16, 8:00 AMApril 23, 6:32 PMMay 1, 7:41 PMMay 8, 9:23 PM
Blue Moon 1988May 15, 6:10 PMMay 23, 12:49 PMMay 31, 6:53 AMJune 7, 2:21 AM
Strawberry Moon 1988June 14, 5:14 AMJune 22, 6:23 AMJune 29, 3:46 PMJuly 6, 7:36 AM
Buck Moon 1988July 13, 5:53 PMJuly 21, 10:14 PMJuly 28, 11:25 PMAugust 4, 2:22 PM
Sturgeon Moon 1988August 12, 8:31 AMAugust 20, 11:51 AMAugust 27, 6:56 AMSeptember 2, 11:50 PM
Harvest Moon 1988September 11, 12:49 AMSeptember 18, 11:18 PMSeptember 25, 3:07 PMOctober 2, 12:58 PM
Hunter’s Moon 1988October 10, 5:49 PMOctober 18, 9:01 AMOctober 25, 12:36 AMNovember 1, 5:11 AM
Beaver Moon 1988November 9, 9:20 AMNovember 16, 4:35 PMNovember 23, 10:53 AMDecember 1, 1:50 AM
Cold Moon 1988December 9, 12:36 AMDecember 16, 12:40 AMDecember 23, 12:29 AMDecember 30, 11:56 PM

Moon Phases By Month

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

MonthMoon PhaseDateTimeSeason
JanuaryFull MoonSunday, January 38:40 PMWinter
JanuaryLast QuarterTuesday, January 122:04 AMWinter
JanuaryNew MoonTuesday, January 1912:25 AMWinter
JanuaryFirst QuarterMonday, January 254:54 PMWinter
FebruaryFull MoonTuesday, February 23:52 PMWinter
FebruaryLast QuarterWednesday, February 106:01 PMWinter
FebruaryNew MoonWednesday, February 1710:54 AMWinter
FebruaryFirst QuarterWednesday, February 247:15 AMWinter
MarchFull MoonThursday, March 311:01 AMWinter
MarchLast QuarterFriday, March 115:56 AMWinter
MarchNew MoonThursday, March 179:02 PMWinter
MarchFirst QuarterThursday, March 2411:42 PMSpring
AprilFull MoonSaturday, April 24:21 AMSpring
AprilLast QuarterSaturday, April 93:21 PMSpring
AprilNew MoonSaturday, April 168:00 AMSpring
AprilFirst QuarterSaturday, April 236:32 PMSpring
MayFull MoonSunday, May 17:41 PMSpring
MayLast QuarterSunday, May 89:23 PMSpring
MayNew MoonSunday, May 156:10 PMSpring
MayFirst QuarterMonday, May 2312:49 PMSpring
MayFull MoonTuesday, May 316:53 AMSpring
JuneLast QuarterTuesday, June 72:21 AMSpring
JuneNew MoonTuesday, June 145:14 AMSpring
JuneFirst QuarterWednesday, June 226:23 AMSummer
JuneFull MoonWednesday, June 293:46 PMSummer
JulyLast QuarterWednesday, July 67:36 AMSummer
JulyNew MoonWednesday, July 135:53 PMSummer
JulyFirst QuarterThursday, July 2110:14 PMSummer
JulyFull MoonThursday, July 2811:25 PMSummer
AugustLast QuarterThursday, August 42:22 PMSummer
AugustNew MoonFriday, August 128:31 AMSummer
AugustFirst QuarterSaturday, August 2011:51 AMSummer
AugustFull MoonSaturday, August 276:56 AMSummer
SeptemberLast QuarterFriday, September 211:50 PMSummer
SeptemberNew MoonSunday, September 1112:49 AMSummer
SeptemberFirst QuarterSunday, September 1811:18 PMSummer
SeptemberFull MoonSunday, September 253:07 PMAutumn
OctoberLast QuarterSunday, October 212:58 PMAutumn
OctoberNew MoonMonday, October 105:49 PMAutumn
OctoberFirst QuarterTuesday, October 189:01 AMAutumn
OctoberFull MoonTuesday, October 2512:36 AMAutumn
NovemberLast QuarterTuesday, November 15:11 AMAutumn
NovemberNew MoonWednesday, November 99:20 AMAutumn
NovemberFirst QuarterWednesday, November 164:35 PMAutumn
NovemberFull MoonWednesday, November 2310:53 AMAutumn
DecemberLast QuarterThursday, December 11:50 AMAutumn
DecemberNew MoonFriday, December 912:36 AMAutumn
DecemberFirst QuarterFriday, December 1612:40 AMAutumn
DecemberFull MoonFriday, December 2312:29 AMWinter
DecemberLast QuarterFriday, December 3011:56 PMWinter

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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.