New and Full Moons in 2023: Dates, Names, & Signs of the Moons

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Take a look back at the new and full moons in 2023. There were 12 new moons and 13 full moons during the year.

A new moon is the first lunar phase that happens about once a month or 29.53 days on average. 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 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.

Two photos of the moon for the dates of the new and full moons in 2023

All dates and times are in United States Eastern Time Zone, adjusted for Daylight Savings Time for part of the year.

Dates of the New and Full Moons in 2023

In 2023 there were 12 new moons and 13 full moons during the year.

  • Full Moon in January – January 6, 2023 at 6:08 PM
  • New Moon in January – January 21, 2023 at 3:53 PM
  • Full Moon in February – February 5, 2023 at 1:29 PM
  • New Moon in February – February 20, 2023 at 2:06 AM
  • Full Moon in March – March 7, 2023 at 7:40 AM
  • New Moon in March – March 21, 2023 at 1:23 PM
  • Full Moon in April – April 6, 2023 at 12:34 AM
  • New Moon in April – April 20, 2023 at 12:12 AM
  • Full Moon in May – May 5, 2023 at 1:34 PM
  • New Moon in May – May 19, 2023 at 11:53 AM
  • Full Moon in June – June 3, 2023 at 11:42 PM
  • New Moon in June – June 18, 2023 at 12:37 AM
  • Full Moon in July – July 3, 2023 at 7:39 AM
  • New Moon in July – July 17, 2023 at 2:32 PM
  • Full Moon in August – August 1, 2023 at 2:31 PM
  • New Moon in August – August 16, 2023 at 5:38 AM
  • Blue Moon in August – August 30, 2023 at 9:35 PM
  • New Moon in September – September 14, 2023 at 9:40 PM
  • Full Moon in September – September 29, 2023 at 5:57 AM
  • New Moon in October – October 14, 2023 at 1:55 PM
  • Full Moon in October – October 28, 2023 at 4:24 PM
  • New Moon in November – November 13, 2023 at 4:27 AM
  • Full Moon in November – November 27, 2023 at 4:16 AM
  • New Moon in December – December 12, 2023 at 6:32 PM
  • Full Moon in December – December 26, 2023 at 7:33 PM

Names of the New Moons and Full Moons

The new and full moons in 2023 were:

Full Wolf Moon: January 6, 2023

The full moon in January 2023 was on Friday, January 6, 2023 at 6:08 PM EST. The Full Wolf Moon was the first full moon of Winter. The January 2023 Full Moon was the full moon in Cancer.

New Snow Moon: January 21, 2023

The new moon in January 2023 was on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at 3:53 PM EST. The New Snow Moon was the second new moon of Winter. The January 2023 New Moon was the new moon in Capricorn.

Full Snow Moon: February 5, 2023

The full moon in February 2023 was on Sunday, February 5, 2023 at 1:29 PM EST. The Full Snow Moon was the second full moon of Winter. The February 2023 Full Moon was the full moon in Leo.

New Worm Moon: February 20, 2023

The new moon in February 2023 was on Monday, February 20, 2023 at 2:06 AM EST. The New Worm Moon was the last new moon of Winter. The February 2023 New Moon was the new moon in Pisces.

Full Worm Moon: March 7, 2023

The full moon in March 2023 was on Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at 7:40 AM EST. The Full Worm Moon was the last full moon of Winter. The March 2023 Full Moon was the full moon in Virgo.

New Pink Moon: March 21, 2023

The new moon in March 2023 was on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at 1:23 PM EDT. The New Pink Moon was the first new moon of Spring. The March 2023 New Moon was the new moon in Aries.

Full Pink Moon: April 6, 2023

The full moon in April 2023 was on Thursday, April 6, 2023 at 12:34 AM EDT. The Full Pink Moon was the first full moon of Spring. The April 2023 Full Moon was the full moon in Libra.

New Flower Moon: April 20, 2023

The new moon in April 2023 was on Thursday, April 20, 2023 at 12:12 AM EDT. The New Flower Moon was the second new moon of Spring. The April 2023 New Moon was the new moon in Aries. The solar eclipse in April was a Hybrid Solar Eclipse.

Full Flower Moon: May 5, 2023

The full moon in May 2023 was on Friday, May 5, 2023 at 1:34 PM EDT. The Full Flower Moon was the second full moon of Spring. The May 2023 Full Moon was the full moon in Scorpio. The lunar eclipse in May was a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse.

New Strawberry Moon: May 19, 2023

The new moon in May 2023 was on Friday, May 19, 2023 at 11:53 AM EDT. The New Strawberry Moon was the third new moon of Spring. The May 2023 New Moon was the new moon in Taurus. As the third new moon in a season with four, the May New Moon was called a Seasonal Black Moon.

Full Strawberry Moon: June 3, 2023

The full moon in June 2023 was on Saturday, June 3, 2023 at 11:42 PM EDT. The Full Strawberry Moon was the last full moon of Spring. The June 2023 Full Moon was the full moon in Sagittarius.

New Buck Moon: June 18, 2023

The new moon in June 2023 was on Sunday, June 18, 2023 at 12:37 AM EDT. The New Buck Moon was the last new moon of Spring. The June 2023 New Moon was the new moon in Gemini.

Full Buck Moon: July 3, 2023

The full moon in July 2023 was on Monday, July 3, 2023 at 7:39 AM EDT. The Super Buck Moon was the first full moon of Summer. The July 2023 Full Moon was the full moon in Capricorn.

New Sturgeon Moon: July 17, 2023

The new moon in July 2023 was on Monday, July 17, 2023 at 2:32 PM EDT. The New Sturgeon Moon was the first new moon of Summer. The July 2023 New Moon was the new moon in Cancer.

Full Sturgeon Moon: August 1, 2023

The full moon in August 2023 was on Tuesday, August 1, 2023 at 2:31 PM EDT. The Super Sturgeon Moon was the second full moon of Summer. The August 2023 Full Moon was the full moon in Aquarius.

New Blue Moon: August 16, 2023

The new moon in August 2023 was on Wednesday, August 16, 2023 at 5:38 AM EDT. The New Blue Moon was the second new moon of Summer. The August 2023 New Moon was the new moon in Leo.

Full Blue Moon: August 30, 2023

The blue moon in August 2023 was on Wednesday, August 30, 2023 at 9:35 PM EDT. The Super Blue Moon was the last full moon of Summer. The August 2023 Blue Moon was the full moon in Pisces.

New Harvest Moon: September 14, 2023

The new moon in September 2023 was on Thursday, September 14, 2023 at 9:40 PM EDT. The New Harvest Moon was the last new moon of Summer. The September 2023 New Moon was the new moon in Virgo.

Full Harvest Moon: September 29, 2023

The full moon in September 2023 was on Friday, September 29, 2023 at 5:57 AM EDT. The Super Harvest Moon was the first full moon of Autumn. The September 2023 Full Moon was the full moon in Aries.

New Hunter’s Moon: October 14, 2023

The new moon in October 2023 was on Saturday, October 14, 2023 at 1:55 PM EDT. The New Hunter’s Moon was the first new moon of Autumn. The October 2023 New Moon was the new moon in Libra. The solar eclipse in October was an Annular Solar Eclipse.

Full Hunter’s Moon: October 28, 2023

The full moon in October 2023 was on Saturday, October 28, 2023 at 4:24 PM EDT. The Full Hunter’s Moon was the second full moon of Autumn. The October 2023 Full Moon was the full moon in Taurus. The lunar eclipse in October was a Partial Lunar Eclipse.

New Beaver Moon: November 13, 2023

The new moon in November 2023 was on Monday, November 13, 2023 at 4:27 AM EST. The New Beaver Moon was the second new moon of Autumn. The November 2023 New Moon was the new moon in Scorpio.

Full Beaver Moon: November 27, 2023

The full moon in November 2023 was on Monday, November 27, 2023 at 4:16 AM EST. The Full Beaver Moon was the last full moon of Autumn. The November 2023 Full Moon was the full moon in Gemini.

New Cold Moon: December 12, 2023

The new moon in December 2023 was on Tuesday, December 12, 2023 at 6:32 PM EST. The New Cold Moon was the last new moon of Autumn. The December 2023 New Moon was the new moon in Sagittarius.

Full Cold Moon: December 26, 2023

The full moon in December 2023 was on Tuesday, December 26, 2023 at 7:33 PM EST. The Full Cold Moon was the first full moon of Winter. The December 2023 Full Moon was the full moon in Cancer.

Learn more about the 2023 New Moons and the 2023 Full Moons.

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.


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.