When should you see the Full Moon and phases?

When should you see the Full Moon and phases?

The phenomenon of a Full Moon occurs when our planet, the Earth, is wedged exactly between the Sun and the Moon. This alignment causes the entire side of the moon facing us to shine in the sunlight. The moon’s orbit around Earth changes the angle at which sunlight hits the moon’s surface and is reflected back to our planet. This creates different moon phases.

The next Full Moon in 2024 is at 9:08 PM. ET on Friday, June 21 and is called the Strawberry Moon.

We will update this article several times a week with the latest moon rise, moon set, Full Moon schedule and some of what you can see in the sky each week.

Here is the full list of this year’s Full Moons and their traditional names.

Schedule for Full Moon 2024 and names of each

(all times East)

  • January 25 – 12:54 PM – Wolf Moon
  • February 24 – 7:30 am – Snow Moon
  • March 25 – 3am – Worm Moon
  • April 23 – 7:49 PM – Pink Moon
  • May 23 – 9:53 am – Flower Moon
  • Friday, June 21 – 9:08 PM – Strawberry Moon
  • Sunday, July 21 – 6:17 am – Buck Moon
  • Monday, August 19 – 2:26 PM – Sturgeon Moon
  • Tuesday, September 17 – 10:34 PM – Corn Moon
  • Thursday, October 17 – 7:26 am – Hunter’s Moon
  • Friday, November 15 – 4:28 PM – Beaver Moon
  • Sunday, December 15 – 4:02 AM – Cold Moon

The phases of the moon in June 2024

The images below show the daily phases of the moon in June. The Full Moon in June is on Friday, June 21 at 6:17 am and is popularly called the Strawberry Moon.

Moon phases in June 2024
Note: The moon phases in the calendar vary in size due to distance from Earth and are shown at 0 o’clock Universal Time. Credit: Astronomy: Roen Kelly

The moonrise and moonset schedule for this week

The following is adapted from Alison Klesman’s article The Sky This Week, which can be found here.

*Times for sunrise, sunset, moonrise and moonset are given in local time from 40° N 90° W. The illumination of the moon is given at 12:00 noon local time from the same location.

Tuesday June 18
Comet 13P/Olbers remains relatively easy to catch in a small space as it passes the globular star cluster NGC 2419 in Lynx this evening.

Sunrise: 5:31 am
Sunset: 8:32 PM
Moonrise: 5:34 PM
Moonset: 2:45 am
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous (88%)

Wednesday June 19
Do you already see Mercury? The solar system’s smallest planet has burst into the evening sky, but it’s an extremely challenging object: less than 2 degrees high 20 minutes after sunset.

Sunrise: 5:31 am
Sunset: 8:32 PM
Moonrise: 6:41 PM
Moonset: 3:15 am
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous (94%)

Thursday June 20
The Moon now passes 0.3° north of Antares at 7:00 AM EDT; by evening they are more than 8.5° apart as our satellite glides quickly across the sky.

Sunrise: 5:32 am
Sunset: 8:32 PM
Moonrise: 7:49 PM
Moonset: 3:52 am
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous (98%)

Friday June 21

The Full Moon occurs at 9:08 PM EDT, just over 24 hours after the summer solstice.

Sunrise: 5:32 am
Sunset: 8:32 PM
Moonrise: 8:52 PM
Moonset: 4:39 am
Moon phase: Full

The phases of the moon

The phases of the moon are: new moon, waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing moon, full moon, waning crescent, last quarter, and waning crescent. A cycle starting from one Full Moon to its next counterpart, called the synodic month or lunar month, lasts approximately 29.5 days.

Although a Full Moon only occurs at the exact moment when the Earth, Moon and Sun are perfectly aligned, the Moon appears Full to our eyes for about three days.

Different names for different types of Full Moon

There are a wide variety of specialized names used to identify different types or times of Full Moons. These names can be traced back mainly to a mix of cultural, agricultural and natural observations about the moon, intended to allow people not only to predict seasonal changes, but also to track the passage of time.

For example, almost every month the Full Moon has a name drawn from Native American, Colonial American, or other North American traditions, with the titles reflecting seasonal shifts and events in nature.

Wolf Moon (January): Inspired by the cries of hungry wolves.

Snow moon (February): A nod to the often heavy snowfall of the month.

Worm moon (March): Named after the earthworms that signal thawing areas.

Pink Moon (April): In honor of the blooming pink wildflowers.

Flower Moon (May): Celebrating the blooming of flowers.

Strawberry moon (June): Marks the main strawberry harvest season.

Buck Moon (July): Recognizing the new antlers on bucks.

Sturgeon moon (August): Named after the abundant sturgeon fish.

Corn Moon (September): Means the corn harvest period.

Hunter’s Moon (October): Commemoration of the hunting season prior to winter.

Beaver moon (November): Reflects the time when beavers are busy building their winter dams.

Cold Moon (December): Reminiscent of the cold of winter.

In addition, there are a few additional names for Full Moons that often find their way into public conversations and news.

Super moon: This term is reserved for a Full Moon that is aligned with the lunar perigee, the Moon’s closest point to Earth in its orbit. This proximity makes the Full Moon unusually large and bright. For a Full Moon to earn the Super Moon tag, it must be within about 90 percent of its closest distance to Earth.

Blue Moon: A Blue Moon is the second Full Moon in a month that experiences two Full Moons. This phenomenon graces our sky approximately every 2.7 years. Although the term suggests a color, blue moons are not actually blue. Very occasionally, atmospheric conditions, such as recent volcanic eruptions, can give the moon a slightly bluish tint, but this tint is not tied to the term.

Harvest moon: The Harvest Moon occurs closest to the autumnal equinox, usually in September, and is often known for the striking orange hue it can display. This Full Moon rises near sunset and sets at sunrise, providing hours of bright moonlight. Historically, this was invaluable to farmers who gathered their produce.

Frequently Asked Questions about Full Moons

What is the difference between a Full Moon and a New Moon? A Full Moon occurs when the Earth is between the Sun and the Moon, making the entire face of the Moon visible. Conversely, during a new moon, the moon is positioned between the Earth and the sun, plunging the Earth-facing side into darkness.

How does the Full Moon affect the tides? The moon’s gravity causes the Earth’s water to bulge, creating tides. During both Full and New Moons, the Sun, Earth and Moon align, creating ‘spring tides’. These tides can swing exceptionally high or low due to the combined gravitational influences of the sun and moon.

Here are the dates for all moon phases in 2024:

New First quarter Full Last quarter
January 3rd
January 11 January 17th January 25 February 2
February 9th February 16 February 24 3 March
10th of March 17th of March March 25 April 1st
April 8 15 of April April 23 May 1
May 7 15 May May 23 30th of May
June the 6th 14th of June 21st of June June 28
July 5 July 13 21 July July 27
August 4 August 12 August 19 August 26
September 2nd September 11 September the 17th September 24
October 2nd October 10 October 17 the 24th of October
November 1st November 9 November 15 November 22
December 1st December 8 December 15 December 22
December 30