This year, the Full Moon for October is also a Harvest Moon! Find out why—plus, get your local Moon phase dates, best days, Moon folklore, and more!
Moon Phases for October 2017
Here are Moon phase dates and times (EDT). See the Moon Phase Calendar for your city’s dates and times.
|Full Moon: October 5, 2:41 P.M.|
|Last Quarter: October 12, 8:27 A.M.|
|New Moon: October 19, 3:12 P.M.|
|First Quarter: October 27, 6:23 P.M.|
For your next full Moon, see our Full Moon Dates chart.
October Full Moon Names
October’s Moon rises just after sunset and sets around sunrise, so this is the only night in the month when the Moon is in the sky all night long.
Some Native American tribes referred to October’s Moon as the Full Hunter’s Moon, as it was the time to go hunting in preparation for winter. This full Moon is also called the “Travel Moon” and the “Dying Grass Moon.” Read more about Full Moon names and meaning.
Harvest Moon 2017
This year, the October Full Moon is also a Harvest Moon! That’s because it’s the full Moon closest to the Northern Hemisphere’s autumnal equinox.
Around the Harvest Moon, the moonrise happens soon after sunset for several evenings in a row, which traditionally allowed farmers to have much more light to finish their harvest!
Read more in “What’s a Harvest Moon?”
October Full Moon Video
Each month, we will explain the traditional names of the full Moon along with some fascinating Moon facts. Click below to watch the video.
Best Days in October 2017
Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in October.
- Aboveground crops: 25, 26
- Belowground crops: 15–17
For Setting Eggs:
- 9, 10, 28
- 1–5, 19–31
Moon Facts and Folklore
- Corn planted under a waning Moon grows slower but yields larger ears.
- Babies born a day after the full Moon enjoy success and endurance.
- A new Moon in your dreams promises increased wealth or a happy marriage.
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