The first full moon of 2023 will happen on January 6th at 18:08 pm EST. 

Once a month, the Earth, the Moon, and the Sun align in a straight line with the moon in between. As a result, we get to see a fully illuminated moon from the Earth, known as the full moon.

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The Full Moon is the third primary Moon phase in the lunar cycle standing between the First Quarter and the Last Quarter. Each lunar cycle lasts for around 29.5 days, the time it takes for the Moon to orbit the Earth. 

Full Moon Dates 2023

Here are the full moon dates for 2023 according to EST:

January:  6th 18:08
February 5th 13:29
March 7th 07:40
April 6th 00:34
May 5th 13:34
June 3rd 23:42
July 3rd 07:39
August 1st 02:31 
AUGUST BLUE MOON 30th 20:35
September 29th 05:57
October 28th 16:24
November 27th 04:16
December 26th 19:33

Full Moon Names Of A Year

Native Americans traditionally gave names to full moons, in order to keep track of the seasons. 

Impacts Of The Full Moon

High Tides

The moon's gravitational pull on the earth affects the sea tides. During a Full Moon, these gravitational forces pull the ocean's water in the same direction, which causes higher tides. 

Cultural Significance

In some cultures and religions, the Full Moon has an influence over the dates of significant events and celebrations. For example, in the Jewish religion, which uses the Hebrew Calendar, the dates of Passover are determined by the Full Moon. The same happens with the date of Easter in Christianity, which is only determined by the vernal equinox and the Full Moon. 

Interesting Facts About Full Moon

  • Due to the constant movement of the moon, a Full Moon is only 100% illuminated for a short time during the day and is only visible in some parts of the World. 
  • On the day of a full moon, we usually see a 98% illuminated moon for this reason. 
  • A Full Moon is visible in the sky from sunset until sunrise.
  • Due to refraction, some parts of the world get to see the full moon and the sun at the same time during the day
  • A lunar eclipse can only take place during a full moon.
  • Although full moons occur once a month, an additional full moon known as the blue moon appears in a subdivision of a year (the third of four full moons in a season).

What phase is the Moon in today?