November’s full Beaver Moon rises on Monday, November 30. Learn when to spot it in your area and the meaning behind this Moon’s name.
When to See November’s Full Moon
The Beaver Moon reaches peak illumination in the early morning hours of Monday, November 30, at 4:30 A.M. EST. Of course, it will be very close to full the night before, so plan to look for it starting on Sunday, November 29, just after sunset!
Find out exactly what time the full Moon will appear above the horizon in your area with our Moonrise and Moonset Calculator.
Why Is It Called the Beaver Moon?
November’s full Moon was traditionally called the Beaver Moon by a number of Native Americans and colonial Americans. Many Native American groups used the monthly Moons and nature’s corresponding signs as a calendar to track the seasons.
Why the “Beaver” Moon? This is the time of year when beavers begin to take shelter in their lodges, having laid up sufficient stores of food for the long winter ahead. During the time of the fur trade in North America, it was also the season to trap beavers for their thick, winter-ready pelts.
Other November Moon Names
The November full Moon has also been called the Frost Moon and the Freezing Moon. Judging by the chilly weather that becomes more and more common at this time of year, it’s not hard to understand how these names came about! Another name, the Digging (or Scratching) Moon, evokes an image of animals scratching at the fallen leaves, foraging for fallen nuts or remaining shoots of green foliage—with the implication that winter is on its way.
See all Full Moon names and their meanings.
Moon Phases for November 2020
Below are the times for each of the Moon phases (in Eastern Time). Click here to see the Moon Phase dates and times for your location.
|Last Quarter: November 8, 8:46 A.M. EST|
|New Moon: November 15, 12:07 A.M. EST|
|First Quarter: November 1, 11:45 P.M. EST|
|Full Moon: November 30, 4:30 A.M. EST|
When is the next full Moon? Consult our Full Moon Dates chart.
Full Beaver Moon Video
An Almanac editor shares more facts and folklore about November’s Full Beaver Moon. Click below to watch the video.
Best Days in November 2020
Below are the best days for certain activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in November.
- Aboveground crops: 18, 19, 27, 28
- Belowground crops: 1, 9, 10
For Setting Eggs:
- 1, 2, 28–30
- 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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