It takes 27 days, 7 hours, and 43 minutes for our Moon to complete one full orbit around Earth. This is called the sidereal month, and is measured by our Moon’s position relative to distant “fixed” stars. However, it takes our Moon about 29.5 days to complete one cycle of phases (from new Moon to new Moon).
The new moon phase occurs when the Moon is directly between the Earth and Sun. A solar eclipse can only happen at new moon. A full moon is when we can see the entire lit portion of the Moon. The full moon phase occurs when the Moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun, called opposition.
After the new moon, the sunlit portion is increasing, but less than half, so it is waxing crescent. After the first quarter, the sunlit portion is still increasing, but now it is more than half, so it is waxing gibbous. After the full moon (maximum illumination), the light continually decreases.
The Moon’s current phase for today and tonight is a Waning Gibbous Phase. This is the first phase after the Full Moon occurs.
The eight phases of the Moon in order are: waxing gibbous Moon. full Moon. waning gibbous Moon. last quarter Moon.
The Moon has phases because it orbits Earth, which causes the portion we see illuminated to change. The Moon takes 27.3 days to orbit Earth, but the lunar phase cycle (from new Moon to new Moon) is 29.5 days.
The Full Moon Calendar
|2020||Full Moon||New Moon|
|August »||Aug 3, 2020 15:59 UTC||Aug 19, 2020 02:41 UTC|
|September »||Sep 2, 2020 05:22 UTC||Sep 17, 2020 11:00 UTC|
|October »||Oct 1, 2020 21:05 UTC||Oct 16, 2020 19:31 UTC|
|Oct 31, 2020 14:49 UTC|
November’s Beaver Full Moon 2020: See a lunar eclipse and a near-minimoon. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the November full phase is called the Full Beaver Moon, as it is when beavers usually went into their lodges for winter.
Full moons of 2020 Jan. 10 – Wolf moon and a penumbral lunar eclipse (not visible in U.S.) Feb. March 9 – Worm moon (supermoon) April 7 – Pink moon (supermoon) May 7 – Flower moon (supermoon) June 5 – Strawberry moon and a penumbral lunar eclipse (not visible in U.S.) July 5 – Buck moon and a penumbral lunar eclipse.
A new moon (which is sometimes called a dark moon ) is the first phase of a new lunar cycle during which it aligns with the sun and is virtually invisible in the night sky. Because new moons take place at the very start of the moon cycle, they bring the energy of new beginnings and fresh starts.
New moon occurs when the Moon is between Earth and the Sun, and thus the side of the Moon that is in shadow faces Earth. Full moon occurs when the Moon is on the opposite side of Earth from the Sun, and thus the side…
It reaches its highest point at sunrise and sets at noon. The new Moon rises and sets at the same time the sun does, but we cannot see it because the sun illuminates the far side, the side which is not visible from Earth.
When is the Next Full Moon? The next full Moon will occur on Saturday, February 27, 2021, at 3:17 AM ET, and is commonly known as the Full Snow Moon.
Below is a table for three months of Lunar Ingress with dates, times, and zodiac signs. The current month is blue, last month’s is red and next month’s is purple. Moon’s Ingress by Sign -> February, March & April 2021.
|Date & Time (GMT)||Sign|
|Apr 22, 2021 1:08 PM||Moon enters Virgo|
|Apr 24, 2021 4:06 PM||Moon enters Libra|
But purists will call the December 2020 full moon the last full moon of the decade. It happens on December 29 or 30, depending on your time zone (more full for the Americas on the night of December 29; round and full on December 30, too, for everywhere worldwide).