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Full moon is a lunar phase that occurs when the Moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun. More precisely, a full moon occurs when the geocentric apparent (ecliptic) longitudes of the Sun and Moon differ by 180 degrees; the Moon is then ...................
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Here you can find the Next Full Moons Calendar for the next years. The time is in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) If your local time zone is currently on Daylight Saving time, please add one hour to the standard times listed in the Next Moon phases tables.
Full Moon dates 2011
Year Month Day Time wkDay
2011 Jan 19 21:21 Wed
2011 Feb 18 08:36 Fri
2011 Mar 19 18:10 Sat
2011 Apr 18 02:44 Mon
2011 May 17 11:09 Tue
2011 Jun 15 20:14 Wed
2011 Jul 15 06:40 Fri
2011 Aug 13 18:57 Sat
2011 Sep 12 09:27 Mon
2011 Oct 12 02:06 Wed
2011 Nov 10 20:16 Thu
2011 Dec 10 14:36 Sat
Full Moon dates 2012
Year Month Day Time wkday
2012 Jan 09
2012 Feb 7
2012 Mar 8
2012 Apr 6
2012 May 6
2012 Jun 4
2012 Jul 3
2012 Aug 1
2012 Aug 31
2012 Sep 29
2012 Oct 29
2012 Nov 28
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Some of the Data are from the Planetary Systems Branch of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
Many neopagans hold a monthly ritual called an Esbat at each full moon, while some people practicing traditional Chinese religions prepare their ritual offerings to their ancestors and deities on every full and new moon.
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As seen from Earth, the hemisphere of the Moon that is facing the earth (the near side) is almost fully illuminated by the Sun and appears round. Only during a full moon is the opposite hemisphere of the Moon, which is not visible from Earth (the far side), completely unilluminated.
The time interval between similar lunar phases—the synodic month—averages about 29.53 days. Therefore, in those lunar calendars in which each month begins on the new moon, the full moon falls on either the 14th or 15th of the lunar month. Because lunar months have a whole number of days, lunar months may be either 29 or 30 days long.
A full moon is often thought of as an event of a full night's duration. This is somewhat misleading, as the Moon seen from Earth is continuously becoming larger or smaller (though much too slowly to notice with the naked eye). Its absolute maximum size occurs at the moment expansion has stopped, and when graphed, its tangent slope is zero. For any given location, about half of these absolute maximum full moons will be potentially visible, as the other half occur during the day, when the full moon is below the horizon. Many almanacs list full moons not just by date, but by their exact time as well, usually in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Typical monthly calendars that include phases of the moon may be off by one day if intended for use in a different time zone.
Full moons are generally a poor time to conduct astronomical observations, since the bright reflected sunlight from the moon overwhelms the dimmer light from stars.
On 12 December 2008 the full moon occurred closer to the Earth than it has done at any time for the past 15 years.
Full Moons are traditionally associated with temporal insomnia, insanity (hence the terms lunacy and lunatic) and various "magical phenomena" such as lycanthropy. Psychologists, however, have found that there is no strong evidence for effects on human behavior around the time of a full moon. They find that studies are generally not consistent, with some showing a positive effect and others showing a negative effect. In one instance, the 23 December 2000 issue of the British Medical Journal published two studies on dog bite admission to hospitals in England and Australia. The study of the Bradford Royal Infirmary found that dog bites were twice as common during a full moon, whereas the study conducted by the public hospitals in Australia found that they were less likely.
• The Hindu, Thai, Hebrew, Islamic, Tibetan, Mayan, Neo-pagan, Germanic, Celtic, and the traditional Chinese calendars are all based on the phases of the Moon. None of these calendars, however, begins its months with the full moon. In the Chinese, Jewish, Thai and some Hindu calendars, the full moon always occurs in the middle of a month. wikipedia