2018 Full Moon Calendar

    By Tim Sharp, Reference Editor  SPACE.com
    NameU.S. EastUTC
     This is when full moons will occur in 2018, according to NASA:
    DateNameU.S. EastUTC
    Jan. 1Wolf Moon9:24 p.m.02:24
    Jan. 31Snow Moon8:27 a.m.13:27
    Mar. 1Worm Moon7:51 p.m.00:51 (3/2)
    Mar. 31Pink Moon8:37 a.m.13:37
    Apr. 29Flower Moon8:58 p.m.01:58 (4/30)
    May 29Strawberry Moon10:20 a.m.15:20
    Jun. 28Buck Moon12:53 a.m.05:53
    Jul. 27Sturgeon Moon4:21 p.m.21:21
    Aug. 26Corn Moon7:56 a.m.12:56
    Sep. 24Harvest Moon10:53 p.m.03:53 (9/25)
    Oct. 24Hunter's Moon12:45 p.m.17:45
    Nov. 23Beaver Moon12:39 a.m.05:39
    Dec. 22Cold Moon12:49 p.m.17:49

    Additional full moon names

    Other Native American people had different names. In the book "This Day in North American Indian History" (Da Capo Press, 2002), author Phil Konstantin lists more than 50 native peoples and their names for full moons. He also lists them on his website, AmericanIndian.net.

    Amateur astronomer Keith Cooley has a brief list of the moon names of other cultures, including Chinese and Celtic, on his website. For example:

    Chinese moon names

    JanuaryHoliday MoonJulyHungry Ghost Moon
    FebruaryBudding MoonAugustHarvest Moon
    MarchSleepy MoonSeptemberChrysanthemum Moon
    AprilPeony MoonOctoberKindly Moon
    MayDragon MoonNovemberWhite Moon
    JuneLotus MoonDecemberBitter Moon

    Full moon names often correspond to seasonal markers, so a Harvest Moon occurs at the end of the growing season, in September or October, and the Cold Moon occurs in frosty December. At least, that's how it works in the Northern Hemisphere.