Full Moon for November 2020

Look for November's Full Beaver Moon!

April 6, 2020
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November’s Full Beaver Moon rises on November 30! Learn when to spot it in your area and the meaning behind this Moon’s name.

The Full Moon in November 2020

The Full Beaver Moon reaches peak fullness in the morning hours of Monday, November 30, at 4:30 A.M. EST. Find out exactly what time the full Moon will be visible in your area in our Moonrise and Moonset Calculator.

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.

Why Is It Called the Beaver Moon?

November’s full Moon was called the Beaver Moon by a number of Native Americans and colonial Americans. Traditionally, some Native American groups used the monthly Moons and nature’s corresponding signs as a calendar to track the seasons.

Why this name? 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, it was also the season to trap beavers for their thick, winter-ready pelts. 

The November full Moon was also called the Full Frost Moon by some Native American groups. Judging by the often chilly weather that becomes more and more common at this time of year, it’s not hard to understand how this name came about!

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.

Best Days in November 2020

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

For Harvesting:

  • Aboveground crops: 18, 19, 27, 28
  • Belowground crops: 1, 9, 10

For Setting Eggs: 

  • 1, 2, 28–30

For Fishing:

  • 15–30

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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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

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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

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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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