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1981 New Moons, Calendar of New Moons and Solar Eclipses

1981 New Moon — In 1981 there were 13 new moons. The year had a black moon in July, and two solar eclipses.

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.

Dark illustration of the new moon for the dates of the new moons in 1981

All dates and times are in United States Eastern Time for cities such as New York, adjusted for Daylight Savings Time for part of the year.

The dates and times of the new moons in 1981 were:

Date & TimeNew Moon NameMoon SignSeason
Tuesday, January 6, 1981 2:24 a.m.New Wolf MoonCapricornWinter
Wednesday, February 4, 1981 5:14 p.m.New Snow MoonAquariusWinter
Friday, March 6, 1981 5:31 a.m.New Worm MoonPiscesWinter
Saturday, April 4, 1981 3:19 p.m.New Pink MoonAriesSpring
Monday, May 4, 1981 12:19 a.m.New Flower MoonTaurusSpring
Tuesday, June 2, 1981 7:32 a.m.New Strawberry MoonGeminiSpring
Wednesday, July 1, 1981 3:03 p.m.New Buck MoonCancerSummer
Thursday, July 30, 1981 11:52 p.m.New Sturgeon MoonLeoSummer
Saturday, August 29, 1981 10:44 a.m.New Harvest MoonVirgoSummer
Monday, September 28, 1981 12:07 a.m.New Hunter’s MoonLibraAutumn
Tuesday, October 27, 1981 3:13 p.m.New Beaver MoonScorpioAutumn
Thursday, November 26, 1981 9:38 a.m.New Cold MoonSagittariusAutumn
Saturday, December 26, 1981 5:10 a.m.New Wolf MoonCapricornWinter

New Moon Calendar of 1981

For 1981, there were 13 new moons. The year started off with its first new moon in early January setting up the year to have an extra new moon, also called a black moon.

January 6, 1981 – 2:24 a.m. — New Wolf Moon

The first new moon was on Tuesday, January 6. The January New Moon was called the New Wolf Moon. It was the first new moon of Winter and the New Moon in Capricorn. The January New Moon was the the first new moon after the Winter Solstice in December 1980.

February 4, 1981 – 5:14 p.m. — New Snow Moon

The second new moon was on Wednesday, February 4. The February New Moon was called the New Snow Moon. It was the second new moon of Winter and the New Moon in Aquarius. There was an Annual Solar Eclipse during the February New Moon.

March 6, 1981 – 5:31 a.m. — New Worm Moon

The third new moon was on Friday, March 6. The March New Moon was called the New Worm Moon. The March 1981 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 fourth new moon was on Saturday, April 4. The April New Moon was called the New Pink Moon. It was the first new moon of Spring and the New Moon in Aries.

The April New Moon was the first new moon after the Spring Equinox, which was on Friday March 20 at 1:30 PM. Spring had three new moons in 1981.

May 4, 1981 – 12:19 a.m. — New Flower Moon

The fifth new moon was on Monday, May 4. The May New Moon was called the New Flower Moon. It was the second new moon of Spring and the New Moon in Taurus.

June 2, 1981 – 7:32 a.m. — New Strawberry Moon

The sixth new moon was on Tuesday, June 2. The June New Moon was called the New Strawberry Moon. It was the last new moon of Spring and the New Moon in Gemini.

July 1, 1981 – 3:03 p.m. — New Buck Moon

The seventh new moon was on Wednesday, July 1. The July New Moon was called the New Buck Moon. It was the first new moon of Summer and the New Moon in Cancer.

The first July New Moon was the first new moon after the Summer Solstice, which was on Sunday June 21 at 7:45 AM. Summer had three new moons in 1981.

July 30, 1981 – 11:52 p.m. — New Sturgeon Moon

The eighth new moon was on Thursday, July 30. The July New Moon was called the New Sturgeon Moon. It was the second new moon of Summer and the New Moon in Leo. There was a Total Solar Eclipse during the July Black Moon.

August 29, 1981 – 10:44 a.m. — New Harvest Moon

The ninth new moon was on Saturday, August 29. The August New Moon was called the New Harvest Moon. It 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 tenth new moon was on Monday, September 28. The September New Moon was called the New Hunter’s Moon. It was the first new moon of Autumn and the New Moon in Libra.

The September New Moon was the first new moon after the Autumnal Equinox, which was on Tuesday September 22 at 11:05 PM. Fall had three new moons in 1981.

October 27, 1981 – 3:13 p.m. — New Beaver Moon

The eleventh new moon was on Tuesday, October 27. The October New Moon was called the New Beaver Moon. It was the second new moon of Autumn and the New Moon in Scorpio.

November 26, 1981 – 9:38 a.m. — New Cold Moon

The twelfth new moon was on Thursday, November 26. The November New Moon was called the New Cold Moon. It was the last new moon of Autumn and the New Moon in Sagittarius.

December 26, 1981 – 5:10 a.m. — New Wolf Moon

The thirteenth and last new moon was on Saturday, December 26. The December New Moon was called the New Wolf Moon. It was the first new moon of Winter and the New Moon in Capricorn.

The December New Moon was the first new moon after Winter Solstice, which was on Monday December 21 at 5:51 PM. Winter had three new moons with the next two in 1982.

New Moon Names

The names of the 1981 new moons were:

  • January: New Wolf Moon
  • February: New Snow Moon
  • March: New Worm Moon
  • April: New Pink Moon
  • May: New Flower Moon
  • June: New Strawberry Moon
  • July: New Buck Moon
  • July (second): New Sturgeon Moon
  • August: New Harvest Moon
  • September: New Hunter’s Moon
  • October: New Beaver Moon
  • November: New Cold Moon
  • December: New Wolf Moon

For the first half of the 1981, the new moon for the full moon cycle occurred in the same month, result in the names matching. For the second half of the year, the new moon was in the month prior, leaving a mismatch in the names.

The August new moon is called the New Harvest Moon because the September Full Moon was closer to the Autumn Equinox than the October Full Moon.

Was there a black moon in 1981?

In 1981 July had a black moon because it had two new moons, one definition of a black moon.

There are four definitions for a black moon, though all unofficial. It’s not possible to have all four in one year.

  • A month without a new moon, only a full moon
  • A month without a full moon, only a new moon
  • A month with two new moons
  • A season with four new moons, making the third a seasonal black moon

A month that only has a new moon or only a full moon can only occur in February because it’s a short month.

During the year each season had 3 new moons and February had both a new and full moon. July had two new moons, fitting that black moon definition.

Solar Eclipses

During 1981 there were two solar eclipses that coincided with the new moons. There was an Annular Solar Eclipse as part of the February New Moon, with the eclipse happening 6 minutes before the peak of the new moon. There was also a Total Solar Eclipse during the second July New Moon with the eclipse happening 5 minutes before the peak of the new moon.

New Moons 1981 Calendar

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.