Full Moon for November 2017

November Full Beaver Moon

Full Beaver Moon of November

Learn about the Full Moon for November 2017—the Full Beaver Moon! But will it also be a so-called “Supermoon” and appear bigger and brighter?

Moon Phases for November 2017

See dates and times for November’s Moon phases. This year, the full Moon crests on November 4 at 1:23 A.M. EDT and November 3 at 10:23 P.M. PDT.

The Moon will look fullest the night of November 3. See the Moon Phase Calendar for your city/state.

Full Moon: November 4, 1:23 A.M. EDT
Last Quarter: November 10, 3:36 P.M. EST
New Moon: November 18, 6:42 A.M. EST
First Quarter: November 26, 12:03 P.M. EST

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

Is November’s Moon a “Supermoon”?

In 2017, the full Moon is fairly close to the Moon’s perigee—which is the Moon’s closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit.

In the media, some folks are calling a Moon that’s close to perigee a “Supermoon.”  This is not an astronomical term, but it’s certainly catchy!

In the case of November 2017, the full Moon is within one day and 19 hours of perigee. Is that close enough? Richard Nolle, who defined the “Supermoon” term, said it’s a New or a Full Moon that occurs when the Moon is at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in its orbit. It is not clear why he chose 90% but his way of calculating would suggest that the Moon is not within 90% of its closest approach to Earth. 

This year, however, the “Supermoon” will fall in December 2017—the largest full Moon of the year!

Read more in “What is a Supermoon: Fact or Fiction?”

November Full Beaver Moon

November’s full Moon was called the Beaver Moon by both the colonists and the Algonquin tribes because this was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs.

The November full Moon was also called the Full Frost Moon by other Native American peoples.

See all Full Moon names and their meanings.


Full Beaver Moon Video

An Almanac editor shares more facts and folklore about November’s Full Beaver Moon. Click below to watch the video.

November Supermoon Show from 2016

See the live Supermoon from 2016. This free observatory show was filmed by Slooh on Sunday, November 13, 2016.

This show is a partnership with between The Old Farmer’s Almanac editors and Slooh.com.

Best Days in November 2017

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

For Harvesting:

  • Aboveground crops: 3, 21, 22
  • Belowground crops: 11, 12, 13

For Setting Eggs: 

  • 5, 6

For Fishing:

  • 1-4, 18-30

See Best Days for more activities.

Moon Facts

  • Did you know: 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!

Learn more about Full Moon Names and share your thoughts about this month’s Moon below! 

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Its very odd for me to ask if

Its very odd for me to ask if it is a full moon however i just felt it. I know that may seem weird but i feel there is more too the moon than what meets the eye. So many things happen on full moons that goes unexplained. What is it NASA will not say? Somehow we are connected to the moons force.

What does it mean when you

What does it mean when you can still see the moon during daylight hours? Sometimes, even though it is broad daylight I can see the moon. What are the circumstances that make that possible?

Good question. Though we can

Good question. Though we can’t always see it, the Moon is up in the daytime as often as at night. It’s easiest to see right after the Full Moon in the morning. Or, look before a Full Moon in the afternoon.  You’re also more likely to see it within a week or so of the Full Moon.

Why does the moon look red

Why does the moon look red tonight 11\12\2016 I'm in Dunlap Tennessee??

When the Moon looks red (or

When the Moon looks red (or orange), this is due to the particles in the Earth’s atmosphere.  Often, the Moon is more reddish when it is close to the horizon; this is because the moonlight must travel through more of our atmosphere to get to your eyes when the Sun or Moon is on the horizon. The Moon will also look more red or orange when it is rising or setting because that’s also a time when the light has to travel through the most atmosphere to get to you. If you see an especially beautiful red or pink sunset, there are probably additional clouds enhancing the effect.

What does it mean when your

What does it mean when your birthday falls on a Super moon. Not the moon phase at the time of your birth, but when your birthday (this year, Nov. 14, 2016) lands on a Super moon?

Full moon

I find that the full moon the stars and space is also interesting. Tonight I took some pictures of the full moon I'll try to send one

names of full moonsC

Very neat to get to now the old ways of the moon

picture of moon on video

This picture is exactly like one that I took last year. Locating it & sending it to you.

it is common knowledge that

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

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

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. :)

Full Moon births

The reason for full moon births is because 9 months earlier they were conceived. :)

quick question OFA - when we

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

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

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

look up the jonas method or

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

Because you are very healthy.

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.

Is it possible to predict

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

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!


I would like to know does it affect people's mental health

is it true that this beaver

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

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

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/plantin...
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

What do the stars on the moon mean?

The features that you see on

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

The stars on the Moon phase

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.

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