Retired Nasa Program Manager Gordon Johnston Reflecting on the Many Names for Full Moons – the First Full Moon of the Year Is Frequently Referred to as the Wolf Moon.

January 31, 2021
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Full Moon names were used to describe and remember what happened in the past and to remind of what was likely to come in the near future.

  • “From what I have learned about traditional names given to full Moons prior to the introduction of modern timekeeping, local leaders would usually decide on the name of the Moon based on conditions at the time. These cultures did not generally need calendars that specify exact dates far in advance. Full Moon names were used to describe and remember what happened in the past and to remind of what was likely to come in the near future. Also, there are many different Native American names for the full Moons.” Johnston.
  • January Full Moon names include: Candles Moon, Snow Moon, Hunger Moon, Center Moon, Cold Moon, and more. It occurred on Thursday, January 28th.
  • “Full moons happen when the moon is exactly on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun, so the entire Earth-facing side is illuminated.” Space.com

Why This Matters: Typically we will see 12 full moons – one every month. 2021 will contrast with 2020 as 2020 featured 13 full moons, and many unique attributes only seen every few decades (such as a full, blue moon on Halloween).

Here’s an excellent review of full moon in January: CLICK HERE

Here’s our overview on the *unique* 2020’s full moon cycle: READ MORE

Here’s your list of full moons *just in case* you want to keep track!

FULL MOON CALENDAR 2021

Feb. 27: Snow moon
March 28: Worm moon
April 26: Pink moon
May 26: Flower moon
June 24: Strawberry moon
July 23: Buck moon
Aug. 22: Sturgeon moon
Sept. 20: Harvest moon
Oct. 20: Hunter’s moon
Nov. 19: Beaver moon
Dec. 18: Cold moon

by Jenna Lee,

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