Complete list of full moons in 2022 and when to see them

Earth’s celestial companion waxes and wanes constantly, which means it always looks a little different at the end of each day.

Astronomers have known for millennia that full moons light up Earth’s night sky approximately every 30 days and every year, and go by various names associated with the corresponding seasons.

Moons have collected the slang names ranging from March’s Worm Moon to this month’s Flower Moon.

And once in a while a moon is full twice a month or four times a season, depending on which definition you prefer.

Read on to find out when to expect the remaining full moons in 2022.

When are the full moons in 2022?

Please note that while full moons are known to appear at night, they can also be visible at sunrise.

Here is the list of full moons and when they will occur in 2022 according to NASA:

  • January 17: Wolf Moon 6:48 p.m. ET
  • February 16: Snow moon 11:57 p.m. ET
  • March 18: Wormmoon 3:17 am. ET
  • April 16: Pink Moon 2:55 p.m. ET
  • May 16: Flower Moon 12:14 am ET
  • 14th June: Strawberry Moon 7:52 p.m. ET
  • July 13: Buck Moon 2:37 p.m. ET
  • August 11: Sturgeon Moon 9:36 p.m. ET
  • September 10: Harvest Moon 5:59 p.m. ET
  • 9th October: Hunter’s Moon 4:55 p.m. ET
  • November 8th: Beaver Moon 6:02 p.m. ET
  • December 7: Cold Moon 11:08 p.m. ET
The snow moon.
The February 2021 Full Moon, also known as the Snow Moon, over Britain’s river The Great Ouse
Victoria in the Fens

What is a full moon?

The moon appears as different shapes in the sky to stargazers on Earth depending on their phase.

This astronomical notion takes revenge whether this natural satellite transitions from a new moon to a full moon through waxing or waning moons.

These phases are determined by the relative positions of the sun, our planet, and the moon.

When the moon sits in its orbit between the earth and the sun, the side of the moon is particularly illuminated and the side facing earth is dark, in a phenomenon known as the new moon.

When the moon is on the opposite side of the earth from the sun, the near side of the moon is reflectively illuminated and is called the full moon.

The phases of our lunar cousin and the months of the year are inseparable, as illustrated by these approximately 30 days, which have their root in the word “moon.”

A month was originally defined as 29 or 30 days, roughly corresponding to the 29-and-a-bit lunar cycle.

However, some of our calendar months were later filled in with extra days, so that 12 months would make a complete solar year of 365 days.

Because our modern calendar doesn’t quite align with the phases of the moon, people who are astronomically tuned will understand that they occasionally expect to see a full moon in a month – an event called the Blue Moon.

full moon
Many cultures have given different names to the full moon of each month
BrianEKushner/Getty Complete list of full moons in 2022 and when to see them

Rick Schindler

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