July 17, 2024
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Astronomy

When to see the Full Moon and its phases

The Full Moon phenomenon arises when our planet, Earth, is precisely sandwiched between the Sun and the Moon. This alignment ensures that the entire side of the Moon facing us shines in the sunlight. Thanks to the Moon's orbit around the Earth, the angle of sunlight that hits the lunar surface and is reflected back to our planet changes. That creates different lunar phases.

The next Full Moon in 2024 will be at 6:17 a.m. on Sunday, July 21 and is called the Buck Moon.

We'll update this article several times a week with the latest moon rises and moon sets, the full moon calendar, and some of what you can see in the sky each week.

Here is the complete list of this year's Full Moons and their traditional names.

Full Moon Calendar of 2024 and names of each one

(all times Eastern)

  • January 25 – 12:54 pm – Wolf Moon
  • February 24 —7:30 am — Snow Moon
  • March 25 – 3 am – 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 following images show the day to day. moon phases In June. The Full Moon for June was at 6:17 am on Friday, June 21.

Moon phases in June 2024
Note: Moon phases on the calendar vary in size due to distance from Earth and are displayed at 0 a.m. Universal Time. Credit: Astronomy: Roen Kelly

Moonrise and moonset times this week

The following is adapted from The Sky This Week article by Alison Klesman, which you can find here.

*Moonrise, moonset, moonrise and moonset times are given in local time from 40° N 90° W. Moon illumination is given at 12 pm local time from the same location.

Sunday June 23
The Moon passes 1° north of dwarf planet 1 Ceres at 1 a.m. EDT this morning; For some, the Moon also obscures or passes in front of the rocky ruler of the main belt. Observers in the central and eastern US, as well as eastern Canada and northeastern Mexico, will see Ceres disappear completely behind the Moon for a brief period.

In the US, the pair will rise close to each other in the constellation Sagittarius late on the 22nd, just east of the base of the handle of the Teapot asterism. The Moon will hide Ceres from view during midnight.

Both visibility and timing of the event are highly dependent on location. The dwarf planet will reappear in the skies over Chicago at 12:19 a.m. EDT and over New York City at 1:44 a.m. EDT. Note that Ceres currently shines at 8th magnitude, so it is invisible to the naked eye, but can be easily captured with binoculars or any small telescope.

If you want to know if the cloaking is visible from your location, you can check International Concealment Timing Association website.

Discovered in 1801, Ceres is the largest main belt body, spanning nearly 600 miles (965 kilometers) and containing about a quarter of the entire main belt mass. It is now classified as a dwarf planet.

Sunrise: 5:32 a.m.
Sunset: 20:33
Moonrise: 22:34
Moonset: 6:44 a.m.
Moon phase: Waning gibbous (96%)

Monday June 24

Sunrise: 5:33 a.m.
Sunset: 20:33
Moonrise: 23:12
Moonset: 7:59 a.m.
Moon phase: Waning gibbous (91%)

Tuesday June 25

Sunrise: 5:33 a.m.
Sunset: 20:33
Moonrise: 23:44
Moonset: 09:15
Moon phase: Waning gibbous (84%)

Wednesday June 26

Sunrise: 5:33 a.m.
Sunset: 20:33
Moonrise:
Moonset: 10:30 a.m.
Moon phase: Waning gibbous (74%)

Thursday June 27
The Moon reaches perigee, the closest point to Earth in its orbit, at 7:30 a.m. EDT. At that time, our satellite will be 229,464 miles (369,287 km) away.

Skimming across the sky, the Moon passes 0.08° north of Saturn at 11 a.m. EDT. It will be located to the right of the ringed planet in the morning sky for US observers, as this event occurs well after sunrise, even on the West Coast. The Moon will continue to move rapidly along the morning alignment of planets, passing close to Neptune early tomorrow morning.

Sunrise: 5:34 a.m.
Sunset: 20:33
Moonrise: 00:10
Moonset: 11:44 a.m.
Moon phase: Waning gibbous (64%)

Friday June 28
The Moon now passes 0.3° north of Neptune at 5 a.m. EDT, just over 12 hours before our satellite reaches the last quarter phase at 5:53 p.m. EDT.

Sunrise: 5:34 a.m.
Sunset: 20:33
Moonrise: 00:34
Moonset: 12:56 p.m.
Moon phase: Waning gibbous (52%)

The phases of the moon

The phases of the Moon are: New Moon, Crescent Moon, Crescent Moon, Waxing Gibbous, Full Moon, Waning Gibbous, Waning Quarter, and Waning Quarter. A cycle starting from a Full Moon to its next counterpart, called a synodic month or lunar month, lasts approximately 29.5 days.

Although the Full Moon only occurs during the exact moment when the Earth, Moon, and Sun form a perfect alignment, to our eyes, the Moon appears full for approximately 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 mainly date back to a combination of cultural, agricultural and natural observations about the Moon, which aim to allow humans to not only predict seasonal changes but also track the passage of time.

For example, the Full Moon of most months has a name from Native American, American Colonial, or other North American traditions, and its titles reflect seasonal changes and events in nature.

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

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

Worm Moon (March): Named after the earthworms that mark melting points.

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

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

Strawberry Moon (June): Marks the best strawberry harvest season.

Buck Moon (July): Recognize the new antlers of the goats.

Sturgeon Moon (August): It owes its name to the abundant sturgeon fish.

Corn Moon (September): It means the corn harvest period.

Hunter's Moon (October): Commemoration of the hunting season before winter.

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

Cold moon (December): Evokes the cold of winter.

Additionally, there are some additional names for full moons that commonly appear in public conversations and news.

Large moon: This term is reserved for a Full Moon that aligns with the lunar perigee, which is the closest point of the Moon to the Earth in its orbit. This proximity makes the Full Moon unusually large and bright. For a Full Moon to earn the Super Moon label, 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 skies 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 hue is not linked to the term.

harvest moon: The Harvest Moon, which occurs closer to the autumn equinox, usually in September, is often famous for a distinctive orange tint it can display. This Full Moon rises near sunset and sets near sunrise, providing long hours of bright lunar light. Historically, this was invaluable to farmers harvesting their produce.

Common questions about full moons

What is the difference between Full Moon and New Moon? A Full Moon is observed when the Earth is between the Sun and the Moon, making the entire face of the Moon visible. In contrast, during the New Moon, the Moon is between the Earth and the Sun, shrouding its Earth-facing side in darkness.

How does the Full Moon influence the tides? The Moon's gravitational pull causes Earth's waters to bulge, generating tides. During both the Full Moon and the New Moon, the Sun, Earth and Moon are aligned, generating “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 of all the lunar phases in 2024:

NewFirst quarterFullLast room
January 3
January 11January 17January 25February 2
February 9February 16thFebruary 24thMarch 3rd
March 10thMarch 17March 25thApril 1st
April 8April 15April 23rdMay 1
May 715 th of Maymay 23May 30
June 6thJune 14thJune 21June 28th
July 5thJuly 13July 21July 27th
August 4thAugust 12August 1926 of August
September 211 of SeptemberSeptember, 17th24th September
October 2ndOctober 10thOctober the 17thOctober 24th
November 1stNovember 9November 15November 22th
December 1stDecember 8December 15December 22th
December 30

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