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The Full Beaver Moon: November's Moon Guide

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Here are highlights of the November 2015 Moon! The Almanac's monthly Moon guide keeps you informed about full Moon names, Moon phase dates, and Best Days by the Moon.

Full Moon Names

November's full Moon was called the Beaver Moon because it was the time to set traps, before the waters froze over. This Moon was also called the Full Frost Moon.

See all Full Moon names and their meanings.

Moon Phase Dates November 2015

All dates and times are ET. See the Moon Phase Calendar for your city/state.

Last Quarter: November 3, 7:24 A.M.
New Moon: November 11, 12:47 P.M.
First Quarter: November 19, 1:27 A.M.
Full Moon: November 25, 5:44 P.M.

For your next full Moon, see our Full Moon Dates chart.

Full Moon Video

Each month, we will explain the traditional names of the full Moon along with some fascinating Moon facts. In this video, learn about the Full Beaver Moon. Click below to watch video.


Best Days in November 2015

Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon's sign and phase in November.

For Harvesting:

  • Aboveground crops: 15, 24
  • Belowground crops: 5, 6

For Setting Eggs:

  • 226, 27

For Fishing:

  • 11-25

See Best Days for more activities.

Moon Facts

  • November 18, 1966 US spacecraft Lunar Orbiter 2 begins transmission of photographs of moon's surface, allowing analysis of possible landing sites for future lunar craft.
  • The spin-time of the Moon on its own axis is identical to the time it takes the Moon to revolve around Earth, which is why the Moon always keeps almost exactly the same face toward us.
  • How much would you weigh on the Moon? Just multiply your weight (it doesn't matter if it's in pounds or kilograms) by 0.165. You'd weigh about 80 percent less!

Share your thoughts about this month's Moon below!

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it is common knowledge that

By Shalhvah

it is common knowledge that most births happen in or araound the change of the moon (Full moon or New Moon). Is there a reason why?

Many people believe that

By Almanac Staff

Many people believe that there is a correlation between the full and/or new Moon phases and an increase in the number of births. Others think that this is a myth. Several scientific studies have not been able to prove the correlation. That said, we always welcome all perspectives and your thoughts on the matter.

Ask any Nurse or Doctor that

By Belinda Brown

Ask any Nurse or Doctor that works in Labor and Delivery they will tell you, yes more babies are born during the new and full moons. :)

quick question OFA - when we

By jlpicard

quick question OFA - when we see half of the moon - we call it a quarter moon - I guess because we are seeing 25% of the whole thing. Following that logic - should a 'full' moon be a half moon - as we only see 50% of the whole? Please solve the debate with my son - as the descriptions appear inconsistent...

Great question! According to

By Almanac Staff

Great question! According to the United States Naval Observatory, the First Quarter and Last Quarter Moon phases are named as such because of their position in the Moon's orbit. The First Quarter is 1/4 of the way through its orbit from starting position (New Moon), and the Third Quarter is 3/4 of the way along in its orbit.


The Full Moon is named instead for the percent of surface illuminated from our viewpoint (100 percent, full disc), and occurs when the Moon is 1/2 the way along in its orbit.

New Moon--named so because in this case it is the start of the lunar cycle; we can see no surface illumination from our position on Earth.

why is that i always get my

By shannon flanagan withus

why is that i always get my period two days before the full moon

Because you are very healthy.

By Simplysimon1

Because you are very healthy. That is a good sign you are synched up with nature and your body. Always minimize any artificial lights at night, esp when sleeping and recognize you may be very naturally fertile..so take precautions to protect your lifestyle.

look up the jonas method or

By kysh

look up the jonas method or the moon's placement on the dte of your birthday.

Is it possible to predict

By Andrew Whitfield

Is it possible to predict when the moon is due south based (for inland areas) on the times for high tides correspondingly; since high and low tides for best fishing times are set by coastal times of high and low times only?

I'm not sure I understand

By Almanac Staff

I'm not sure I understand your question, but if you are looking for how to find out when the Moon is due south, I believe that you need to find the Moon's azimuth when it is 180 degrees East of North. The following calculator will help you with that:


Just select "Moon" and put in your location, and it will give you the azimuth in intervals that you've selected for one day.  For example, for Boston, Massachusetts, on November 14, the Moon's azimuth at 5:34 am EST is 180.1 degrees East of North, which means it is about due South for that location.

As to the relationship between the tides and when the Moon is due South, it is a general guideline that when the Moon is due South, there will be the time of high tide in coastal locations. Keep in mind that different coastal locations, due to the layout of the coast etc, may experience 1 or 2 high tides, and if 2, some places will have 1 very high tide and 1 not-as-high tide, while others have about equal high tides. So, the "high tide occurs when the Moon is due South" is a very general guideline. The Moon's position plays a large role, but so does Earth's topography etc.

Hope this helps!


is it true that this beaver

By lizardstrait

is it true that this beaver moon helped cause many personal shipwrecks, particularly @ Cornwall? I do know it illuminated the construction of many a beaver dam, so large that even the beaver couldn't get part it. thank yew.

When is the best time to

By aeaston62

When is the best time to plant root veggies and above ground veggies?
For someone with balance issues, are raised beds a better alternative as opposed to ground beds?

Above-ground crops are

By Almanac Staff

Above-ground crops are planted during the light of the Moon (new to full); below-ground crops are planted during the dark of the Moon (from the day after it is full to the day before it is new again).  See our Planting by the Moon dates here: http://www.almanac.com/plantingtable

Raised beds have less extreme up and down movements which seems as if it might be easier. We are not health professionals though . . . so we would advise you to consult someone with expertise in balance issues.

What do the stars on the moon

By Oskar Yetzirah

What do the stars on the moon mean?

The stars on the Moon phase

By Almanac Staff

The stars on the Moon phase illustrations at the top of this article are just part of the artist's design and do not represent a true Moon/star configuration.

The features that you see on

By ssor

The features that you see on the surface of the moon are from impacts of oblects from space.

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By na001

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