Look for November's Beaver Moon and a Lunar Eclipse!
In 2021, November’s full Beaver Moon reaches peak illumination in the wee hours of Friday, November 19—so look up on Thursday night! In addition, the Beaver Moon will also be plunged into an eclipse Friday morning! Get more information including Full Moon rise times, why we call it a “Beaver” Moon, and best days by the Moon.
When to See November’s Full Moon
The Beaver Moon reaches peak illumination in the early morning hours of Friday, November 19, at 3:59 A.M. EST. Of course, it will be very close to full the night before, so plan to look for it starting on Thursday, November 18, 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.
See a Near-Total Lunar Eclipse
This year, November’s Beaver Moon is accompanied by a partial lunar eclipse that will be just shy of total—98% of the Moon will be covered by Earth’s shadow at the height of the eclipse! During a lunar eclipse, the Moon, Sun, and Earth stand in a line with the Earth in the middle, causing the planet’s shadow to be cast onto the Moon. This gives the full Moon a reddish, coppery hue, as well as the nickname “Blood Moon.” But is this Moon truly a Blood Moon? Read more about what a Blood Moon is—and isn’t.
This near-total lunar eclipse will be visible from most of North America, reaching its maximum at approximately 4:00 A.M. Eastern Time on Friday, November 19. Be sure to convert to your local time zone to find out when to look for the eclipse!
Why Is It Called the Beaver Moon?
For decades, the Almanac has referenced the monthly full Moons with names tied to early Native American, Colonial American, and European folklore. Traditionally, each full Moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred and through all of the Moon’s phases—not only the full Moon.
The Beaver Moon
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.
Alternative November Moon Names
November’s Moon names highlight the actions of animals preparing for winter and the onset of the colder days ahead. Digging (or Scratching) Moon, a Tlingit name, evokes the image of animals foraging for fallen nuts and shoots of green foliage, and of bears digging their winter dens. The Dakota and Lakota term Deer Rutting Moon refers to the time when deer are seeking out mates and the Algonquin Whitefish Moon describes the spawning time for this fish.
In reference to the seasonal change of November, this Moon has been called the Frost Moon by the Cree and Assiniboine peoples and the Freezing Moon by the Anishinaabe—for good reason, as winter is right around the corner!
→ See more Full Moon names and their meanings.
Moon Phases for November 2021
Below are the times for each of the Moon’s phases this month (in Eastern Time). Click here to see the Moon Phase dates and times for your location.
|New Moon: November 4, 5:15 P.M. EDT|
|First Quarter: November 11, 7:48 A.M. EST|
|Full Moon: November 19, 3:59 A.M. EST|
|Last Quarter: November 27, 7:29 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 2021
Below are the best days for certain activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in November.
- Aboveground crops: 17, 18
- Belowground crops: 27, 28
For Setting Eggs:
- 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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