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.
- Aboveground crops: 3, 21, 22
- Belowground crops: 11, 12, 13
For Setting Eggs:
- 5, 6
- 1-4, 18-30
- 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!
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