WLBA is excited to bring you the Winter 2018 calendar of Full moon events! Below are the dates, locations, and some interesting facts about the full moons and why they have the names they have.
January 31st – the Wolf Moon: Camassia Nature Area. Moon rises at 5:49pm.
- Also known as an Old Moon, Ice Moon, and Snow Moon. Many cultures have many different names for the full moons and reasons as to why they were given special names. The common names we use today tend to be a combination of a number of cultures.
- Also a Blue Moon! A Blue Moon occurs when there are two full moons in a calendar month. There are two Blue moons for the year of 2018! And Beaver Ambassadors will be celebrating them both
- The January full moon is called the wolf moon, but because there are two full moons in January of 2018 many would consider only the first one to be the wolf moon. That’s ok. We’re going to call the 31st the Wolf Moon any way because wolves are amazing, charismatic animals that used to (and are starting to again…) have a huge impact on the ecology of Oregon.
- TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE!!! Yes! It will happen during the full moon of January 31st, 2018! However, our event runs in the evening from 5:30pm to about 7:30pm and the total eclipse will be early in the morning (starting ~3am) many hours PRIOR to our event…we’re sad to miss it, but will discuss this and other lunar cycles at our event! A full moon eclipsing is referred to as a BLOOD MOON. If you see the eclipse come to our event and tell us about it!
March 1st – the Snow Moon: Willamette Wetlands. Moon rises at 5:51pm.
- More accurately called the Worm Moon and also known as Crow Moon, Sugar Moon, Crust Moon, and Sap Moon.
- The Worm Moon is the last full moon prior to the vernal equinox (a fancy way for saying it is officially spring).
- On average February is the snowiest month in Portland.
March 31st – the Pink Moon: Mary S Young Park. Moon rises at 8:03pm.
- The Pink Moon is the first full moon of spring. It is so named because an early spring flowering plant, called wild ground phlox, is popular and pink. The moon itself is not pink…
- Also known as the Grass Moon, Hare Moon, Egg Moon, and Fish Moon. These names are meant to refer to the return of growth and prosperity in nature that arrives with the return of spring.
- Algonquin tribes likely had the largest influence on early European settlers in America, and these settlers adopted the Native American tradition of naming the full moons.