Earth’s celestial companion constantly waxes and wanes, 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 skies roughly every 30 days and every year, bearing various names associated with the corresponding times of the year.
The moons have picked up colloquial names, ranging from the Worm Moon of March and the Flower Moon of this month.
And from time to time, the Moon is full twice in a month, or four times in a season, depending on which definition you prefer.
Read on to find out when you can expect to see the rest of the full moons in 2022.
When are the full moons in 2022?
Keep in mind that while full moons are known for their nocturnal appearance, they can actually be on your screen while the sun is up.
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 16th: Snow Moon 11:57 a.m. ET
- March 18th: Moon Worm 3:17 am. Eastern Time
- April 16th: Pink Moon 2:55 p.m. ET
- May 16: Moonflower 12:14 a.m. ET
- June 14th: Strawberry Moon 7:52 a.m. ET
- July 13: Buck Moon 2:37 p.m. ET
- August 11: Moon Sturgeon 9:36 p.m. ET
- September, 10th: Harvest Moon 5:59 a.m. ET
- October 9: Hunter’s Moon 4:55 p.m. ET
- November 8th: Beaver Moon 6:02 a.m. ET
- December 7th: Cold Moon 11:08 p.m. ET
What is a full moon?
The Moon appears to stargazers on Earth as different shapes in the sky depending on its phase.
This astronomical term responds to whether this natural satellite is in transition from New Moon to 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 is between the Earth and the Sun in its orbit, the side of the Moon is noticeably bright and the side facing Earth is in darkness, in a phenomenon known as a New Moon.
On occasions when the Moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun, the closest side of the Moon is illuminated by reflection and is called the Full Moon.
The phases of our lunar cousin and the months of the year are intimately linked, as indicated by these thirty-odd days that have their root in the word “Moon”.
A month was originally defined as 29 or 30 days, roughly equal to the lunar cycle of 29 1 bits.
However, some of our calendar months were filled in later with extra days, so that 12 months would make a full solar year of 365 days.
Because our modern calendar is not quite in line with the phases of the Moon, people who are astronomically attuned will understand that they will occasionally expect to see a Full Moon in a month, an event called a Blue Moon.