Full Moons 2020
Moon watchers, you can see 13 Full Moons this 2020!
Full Moons have a very large significance in many cultures and traditions, and even humans have a very strong affinity with the moon. It supposed to have a very large effect on our mind and body due as the human body is about 75% water and like the ocean’s tide, it somehow has similar effects on human emotions.
Some experts described that the different phases of the moon has a very dense effects on our body and certain activities as there was a large increase in the number of homicides and violent assaults around the full moon. It is also researched that our biological circadian rhythm can also be disrupted during the full moon and can cause a lack of disrupted sleep. Full Moons can also cause people to be more anxious, emotional and demented.
There are also some positive aspects of the full moons on our body as our minds tend towards being more optimistic and motivated in the first half of the lunar cycle. The full moons can also cause people to be more romantic and drawn to their partners.
This year will be very special as it has expected to have two Supermoons, four lunar eclipses, and also a Blue moon. A Supermoon is basically when the full moon coincides size at its closest point to earth in its orbit and the moon looks extra bright and large although the difference is hard to see with the naked eye but easily detectable through the telescope. The Supermoon can be seen back to back this spring in March and April with the bigger one set to be seen in April.
Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars.
There will also be three penumbral lunar eclipses that are not as noticeable or excitable as a total lunar eclipse. It is a subtle natural phenomenon that occurs when the full moon moves through the outer part of the Earth’s shadow also known as the penumbra. Two out of three of them will be in July and November and will be visible through the telescope in the USA.
The main event will be seen in October as there would be two full moons that month, including one on Halloween’s night and will be called Blue Moon.
Name of Full Moons and Reasons of Specified Names
The names given to moons originate from the native North American tribes. Followings are the names and reasons as to why they are called by their specified names:
- Wolf Moon: It signifies to the time the vocals produced by wolves and are assumed to be most hungry.
- Snow Moon: February marks the snow moon when the snow fall the heaviest.
- Worm Moon: March signifies the thawing of snow and the re-emergence of earthworms, which invites birds to return.
- Pink Moon: The pink moon does not refer to the actual color of the moon but the blossoming of flowers, especially pink ground phlox.
- Flower Moon: During May, many flowers tend to be in their full bloom.
- Strawberry Moon: Refers to the ripening of the strawberry fields.
- Buck Moon: In June, it signals the start of summer when the velvety antlers of male deer emerge.
- Sturgeon Moon: It signifies the time when there are plentiful fish in the Great Lakes.
- Corn Moon: Also called Harvest Moon refers to the best time to harvest their corn crop and provide enough light to harvest even in evenings.
- Hunter’s Moon: It marks the time for hunting and storing up food for winter.
- Beaver Moon: It was viewed as the most active time for beavers.
- Cold Moon: It denotes the long and cold winter’s nights.
Full Moons 2020 Dates
Here is the list of dates and names of this year’s moons:
- January 10th: Wolf Moon and the penumbral lunar eclipse
- February 9th: Snow Moon
- March 9th: Worm Moon (Supermoon)
- April 7th: Pink Moon (Supermoon)
- May 7th: Flower Moon
- June 5th: Strawberry Moon and a penumbral lunar eclipse
- July 5th: Buck Moon and a penumbral lunar eclipse
- August 3rd: Sturgeon Moon
- September 2nd: Harvest Moon
- October 1st: Hunter’s Moon
- October 31st: Blue Moon
- November 30th: Beaver Moon and a penumbral lunar eclipse
- December 29th: Cold Moon