When will the next full moon be in 2022? Full lunar calendar including peak dates and times
There are 12 full moons to enjoy in 2022. Here’s everything you need to know, including dates, nicknames and when they peak
Every year, a number of full moons grace our skies – and there’s plenty to look forward to in 2022 – including supermoons and total lunar eclipses.
The moon takes 29.5 days to circle the planet, also known as the lunar cycle, meaning a full moon occurs on a slightly different date each month.
This means that there is usually one Full Moon per month, although sometimes there is more than one – also known as the Blue Moon.
This year there will be 12 full moons, including two large and bright super moons, and two moons that align with the sun to create a total lunar eclipse.
Here are the dates of the 12 full moons for 2022.
When will the next full moon be in 2022?
The next full moon of 2022 falls on February 16.
Here’s a full lunar calendar for 2022, their nicknames, and what time they’ll peak.
- January 17 – Wolf Moon (11:48 p.m.)
- February 16 – Snow Moon (4:56 p.m.)
- March 18 – Worm Moon (7:18 a.m.)
- April 16 – Pink Moon (7:55 p.m.)
- May 16 – Flower Moon (5:14 a.m.)
- June 14 – Strawberry Moon (12:51 p.m.)
- July 13 Buck Moon (7:38 p.m.)
- August 12 – Moon Sturgeon (2:36 p.m.)
- September 10 – Corn Moon (10:59 a.m.)
- October 9 – Hunter’s Moon (9:55 p.m.)
- November 8 – Beaver Moon (11:02 a.m.)
- December 8 – Cold Moon (4:08)
When are supermoons and lunar eclipses?
There are two supermoons and two total lunar eclipses in 2022.
The first total lunar eclipse calls for May 16. This phenomenon occurs when the Earth aligns directly between the Sun and the Moon.
When this happens, Earth’s shadow covers the Moon, causing the Moon to turn red when it reaches totality.
The next total lunar eclipse falls on November 8. This happens two weeks after the October 25 solar eclipse.
The first Super Moon will fall on July 14. This phenomenon occurs when the Moon’s orbit is closest (perigee) to Earth at the same time as a full Moon.
The closest point is an average distance of 226,000 miles from Earth. This means that the moon will appear brighter and larger than usual.
The second Super Moon will fall on July 13.
What other lunar phenomena are there?
In addition to supermoons and total lunar eclipses, there are also blue moons.
A blue moon means two moons occur in a calendar month. Despite its name, the Blue Moon is not actually blue.
You may have heard the term “once in a blue moon”, which has come to mean a particularly rare event.
However, Blue Moons actually happen quite regularly – every two to three years on average.
Moon of blood
A total lunar eclipse is also known as a blood moon because when it occurs, the moon turns a reddish color.
This is due to the fact that sunlight passes through the earth’s atmosphere.
The Moon orbits the Earth, taking about 27 days to complete a cycle, while the Earth orbits the Sun, going through a 29.5 day cycle.
Lunar eclipses occur because the Moon orbits in a slightly different plane than the Earth and the Sun – however, sometimes their planes coincide.
During a lunar eclipse, the Earth passes between the Moon and the Sun, cutting off the sunlight.
Space.com explains, “During a full eclipse, however, something spectacular happens. The moon is completely in Earth’s shadow. At the same time, some light from Earth’s sunrises and sunsets ( on the disc of the planet) falls on the surface of the Moon.
“Because light waves are stretched, they appear red. When this red light hits the moon’s surface, it also appears red.”