Full Moons

There has always been something magical about the full moon. It can appear large or small depending on its position in the sky and distance from earth. A micromoon occurs when the moon is farthest from the earth and a supermoon happens when it is closest to the earth. Traditionally, full moons are given special names based on the month.

  • January is the Wolf moon
  • February is the Snow moon
  • March is the Worm moon
  • April is the Pink moon
  • May is the Flower moon
  • June is the Strawberry moon
  • July is the Buck moon
  • August is the Sturgeon moon
  • The fall equinox moon is the Harvest moon
  • September is the Corn moon
  • October is the Hunterโ€™s moon
  • November is the Beaver moon
  • December is the Cold moon

You may notice that craters and landmarks look different in the full moon compared to other phases. This is because with full illumination, most of the contrast comes from differing materials on the surface as shadows are minimized. In other phases, the suns angle casts shadows that provide detail.

The term supermoon refers to a full moon that occurs when the moon is at perigee in its orbit (closest to the Earth). The closer distance makes it appears slightly larger.

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