Jul
18
2008

Name that moon: Full moons have special names

What moon am I?: Ancient cultures had special names for each full month's full moon. Tonight's full moon is a "Buck Moon." Can you figure out what moon this one is?
What moon am I?: Ancient cultures had special names for each full month's full moon. Tonight's full moon is a "Buck Moon." Can you figure out what moon this one is?Courtesy Luc Viatour
Tonight there will be a full moon. It happens every 29.5 days, no big deal right?

But did you know each full moon through the cycle of a calendar year has a special name? Tonight’s full moon, the one for July, is called a “Buck Moon,” named after a male deer.

The special monthly names for the full moons go back to ancient cultures, who tied the full moons to hunting, weather, planting and harvesting cycles of the year. Full details can be found here.

FYI: Here is a rundown of the various names for each month’s full moon:

January – Wolf Moon

February – Snow Moon

March – Worm Moon

April – Pink Moon

May – Flower Moon

June – Strawberry Moon

July – Buck Moon

August – Sturgeon Moon

September – Harvest Moon

October – Hunter's Moon

November – Beaver Moon

December – Cold Moon

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JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

From coolest to least cool: Wolf, Cold, Hunter's, Snow, Harvest, Buck, Sturgeon, Flower, Beaver, Worm, Strawberry, Pink.

From most hilarious to least hilarious: Pink, Beaver, Worm, Flower (and the rest are tied at "not very funny")

posted on Fri, 07/18/2008 - 10:15am
DO's picture
DO says:

How about a blue moon?

posted on Fri, 07/18/2008 - 4:06pm
Thor's picture
Thor says:

That's a good question...a blue moon happens about once every 2.5 years. It's when there are two full moons within the same month. That happens about every 2.5 years moon months are a little shorter (29.5 days) compared to Earth months (30 or 31 days).

posted on Fri, 07/18/2008 - 4:13pm
LS's picture
LS says:

Moon are one of the earths treasures enjoy it!!

posted on Fri, 08/15/2008 - 8:36pm

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