Earth's celestial companion is constantly waxing and waning, meaning it is always looking a little different at the end of every day.
Astronomers have known for millennia that Full Moons illuminate Earth's night skies approximately every 30 something days and each year, and bear various names associated with the corresponding times of the year.
Moons have collected the colloquial names, ranging from the March's Worm Moon and this month's Flower Moon.
And once in a while, a Moon is full two times 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?
Please note, while Full Moons are known for their night time appearance, they can actually be at their display 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 16: Snow Moon 11:57 a.m. ET
- March 18: Worm Moon 3:17 am. ET
- April 16: Pink Moon 2:55 p.m. ET
- May 16: Flower Moon 12:14 a.m. ET
- June 14: Strawberry Moon 7:52 a.m. ET
- July 13: Buck Moon 2:37 p.m. ET
- August 11: Sturgeon Moon 9:36 p.m. ET
- September 10: Harvest Moon 5:59 a.m. ET
- October 9: Hunter's Moon 4:55 p.m. ET
- November 8: Beaver Moon 6:02 a.m. ET
- December 7: 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 retaliates to whether this the natural satellite is transitioning from a New Moon to Full Moon via growing or shrinking Moons.
These phases are determined by the relative positions of the Sun, our planet and the Moon.
When the Moon sits in-between the Earth and the Sun in its orbit, the side of the Moon is notably lit up and the side facing the Earth is in darkness, in a phenomenon known as a New Moon.
On the occasions the Moon is found on the opposite side of the Earth to the Sun, the near side of the Moon is reflectively lit up and called a Full Moon.
Our lunar cousin's phases and the months of the year are inextricably linked, as is indicated by these 30-odd days taking its root from the word "Moon."
A month was originally defined to be either 29 or 30 days, roughly equal to the 29-and-a-bit lunar cycle.
However, some of our calendar months were later padded out with extra days, so that 12 months would make up one complete 365-day solar year.
Because our modern calendar is not quite in line with the Moon's phases, people who are astronomically-attuned will understand that will occasionally expect to see one Full Moon in a month—an event called a Blue Moon.