The Beaver Moon peaks this weekend at 1:22 a.m. ET on Saturday.
The phenomenon is also called a Frost Moon, but both names describe the same thing: the full moon.
In fact, these two labels join dozens of other names for this phase of Earth’s largest satellite. The terms change from month to month:
- December: Cold Moon, Long Night’s Moon
- January: Wolf Moon, Old Moon
- February: Snow Moon, Hunger Moon
- March: Worm Moon, Sap Moon, Crow Moon
- April: Pink Moon, Grass Moon, Fish Moon
- May: Flower Moon, Planting Moon
- June: Strawberry Moon, Rose Moon
- July: Buck Moon, Thunder Moon, Hay Moon
- August: Sturgeon Moon, Red Moon
- September: Harvest Moon, Corn Moon
- October: Hunter’s Moon
Yes, these names all refer to the full moon.
Native American and other cultures accumulated them over the millennia to help signal important seasonal changes and activities. (November was a good time to trap beavers, for instance.)
You can learn more about the meanings of these and other moon names — some of which are obvious, others not as much — in this thorough list by Business Insider’s Rebecca Harrington.
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