The last full moon known as the ‘Sturgeon Moon’ (no, it’s not a reference to the former first minister) peaked on August 1 but there are many more to come as 2023 is another epic year for all space enthusiasts or in this case ‘moongazers’ / ‘luna-tics’.
Royal Museums Greenwich reports that 2023 will see two lunar eclipses and four “supermoons” in total. The next full moon will fall on Thursday, August 31 i.e., the ‘Blue Moon’.
Here’s the full list of all upcoming full moons in 2023, when you can see them, and the meaning behind their curious names.
1. Wolf Moon
The ‘Wolf Moon’ peaked at 11.07pm on January 6, 2023. Its name is thought to originate from Native American tribes who entitled it as such because it marked the time that howling wolves would make their presence known outside of their settlements. Photo: welcomia via Canva Pro
2. Snow Moon
The full moon known as the ‘Snow Moon’ fell on February 5. The nicknaming systems of full moons by Native Americans reportedly reflect events that occur in nature and in this case it is known as such simply due to the heavy snowfall associated with this month. Photo: Submitted
3. Worm Moon
The full moon of March is known as the ‘Worm Moon’ and it took place on March 7. Following the cold weather of Winter, in March we see the ice begin to thaw and thus an increase in the number of earthworms being active in the soil, hence the name. Photo: Submitted
4. Pink Moon
The Pink Moon will peak at 5.34am on Thursday, April 6. According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the name ‘Pink Moon’ is derived from the blooming of a pink flower common in North America called ‘ground phlox’ at this time of the year. Photo: Submitted