The last full Moon of 2023 will observed on December 27. It will be followed by the first full moon in 2024 which will take place on January 26 at 01: 53 am AWST. This is also known as Wolf Moon. 

Upcoming Full Moon Dates 2024 in AWST

Month Date Day of the Week Time Full Moon Name
January January 26 Friday  01:53 am Wolf Moon
February February 24 Saturday  08:30 pm Snow Moon
March March 25 Monday  03:00 pm Worm Moon
April April 24 Wednesday  07:48 am Pink Moon
May May 23 Thursday  09:53 pm Flower Moon
June June 22 Saturday  09: 07 am Strawberry Moon
July July 21 Sunday  06: 17 pm  Buck Moon
August August 20 Tuesday  02:25 am Sturgeon Moon
September September 18 Wednesday  10:34 am Harvest Moon
October October 17 Thursday  07:26 pm Hunter's Moon
November  November 16 Saturday  05:28 am Beaver's Moon
December December 15 Sunday  05:01 pm Cold Moon

Names of the Full Moons Every Month

January: Wolf Moon

February: Snow Moon

March: Worm Moon

April: Pink Moon

May: Flower Moon

June: Strawberry Moon

July: Buck Moon

August: Sturgeon Moon

September: Harvest Moon or Full Corn Moon

October: Hunter's Moon

November: Beaver Moon

December: Cold Moon

Read The 12 Full Moon Names Explained if you want to know the reason behind the names of these full moons. 

Understanding the Occurrence of a Full Moon

We all know that the earth revolves around the sun and the moon revolves around the earth. At the time when the earth is between the sun and the moon, we face the brighter side of the moon which results in a full moon. 

A full moon generally occurs once a month or more specifically after every 29.5 days. 

Full Moon phenomenon diagram

Impact of Full Moon on Tides 

The gravitational pull during a full moon is stronger. This results in high tides being higher than usual in oceans.

It is important to note that the sun's gravitational pull is weaker than the moon's gravitational pull due to a greater distance from the Earth.  

The Significance of Full Moon in Australian Indigenous Cultures

Full moons hold different meanings for various Aboriginal groups in Australia. The Yolngu people, for instance, have their own cultural ties and practices linked to the full moon.

They consider the moon as a fat and lazy man who once was young and thin. The sun, on the other hand, is considered to be a woman. 

According to the story, the once young and slim man broke some law which is why his people attacked and killed him. His death symbolizes the new moon while the fat and lazy man symbolizes the full moon.

He remained dead for three days after which he rose again and the entire cycle kept repeating, resulting in the moon cycle.

Australia is 600 km wider than the moon. The diameter of Australia from East to West is 4000 km while that of the moon is 3400 km.

Interesting and Ancient Beliefs About the Full Moon

  •  Druids, a part of the Celts in ancient Ireland, believed that the full moon was an auspicious time and brought prosperity and success for all.
  • Greek Physician Galen said that animals who were born on a  full moon day would grow up to live healthy and long lives.
  • In many cultures such as the Greeks, marrying on a full moon day was considered auspicious and said to bring good fortune.
  • The full moon is not considered a lucky phenomenon everywhere. In some cultures, the full moon was associated with madness and lunacy.