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12 Months of the Year

The 12 months of the year are linked to the Moon's orbit around Earth. Why are there 12 months? What do the month names mean? more

The Month of January

January is the first month of the year, has 31 days, and is named after the two-faced Roman god Janus. more

The Month of February

February is the second month of the year in the Gregorian calendar. It is the shortest month with only 28 days in common years and 29 days in leap years. more

The Month of March

March is the third month of the year, has 31 days, and is named after Mars, the Roman god of war. more

The Month of April

April is the fourth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar and is named after the Greek goddess Aphrodite. more

The Month of May

May is the fifth month of the year, has 31 days, and is named after the Greek goddess Maia. more

The Month of June

June is the sixth month of the year, has 30 days, and is named after the Roman goddess Juno. more

The Month of July

July is the seventh month of the year, has 31 days, and is named after Julius Caesar. more

The Month of August

August is the eighth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar and is named after Augustus Caesar. more

The Month of September

September is the ninth month of the year in and has 30 days. It was originally the seventh month of the Roman calendar until 153 BCE. more

The Month of October

October is the tenth month of the year and has 31 days. It was originally the eighth month of the Roman calendar until 153 BCE. more

The Month of November

November is the 11th month of the year and has 30 days. It was originally the 9th month of the Roman calendar until 153 BCE. more

The Month of December

December is the twelfth month of the year and has 31 days. It was originally the tenth month of the Roman calendar until 153 BCE. more

What Is a Black Moon?

A Black Moon can be the third New Moon in a season with four New Moons or the second New Moon in the same calendar month—or even no New Moon at all. more

January: Wolf Moon

The January Full Moon is named after howling wolves. In some cultures, it was known as Old Moon, Ice Moon, Snow Moon, and the Moon after Yule. more

February: Snow Moon

The February Full Moon is named after the snow on the ground. Some Native American tribes named this the Hunger Moon, others called it the Storm Moon. more

March: Worm Moon

The Full Moon in March is the Worm Moon. It is also called Lenten Moon, Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Chaste Moon, Sugar Moon, and Sap Moon. more

April: Pink Moon

Pink Moon comes from Pink Wild Ground Phlox which bloom in spring. Other names for this Full Moon are Sprouting Grass Moon, Fish Moon, Hare Moon, Egg Moon, and Paschal Moon. more

May: Flower Moon

The Full Moon in May is known as the Flower Moon. Other names include the Corn Planting Moon, and the Milk Moon, while some named it the Hare moon. more

June: Strawberry Moon

The wild strawberries that start to ripen during early summer gave name to the Full Moon in June. Other names are Rose Moon, Hot Moon, and Mead Moon. more

July: Buck Moon

The Full Moon in July is the Buck Moon. Is is also called Thunder Moon, Hay Moon, and Wort Moon. more

August: Sturgeon Moon

The Full Moon in August is named after the lake sturgeon. Other names for this Full Moon include Grain Moon, Green Corn Moon, Fruit Moon, and Barley Moon. more

October: Hunter's or Harvest Moon

Every third year, October’s Full Moon, the Hunter’s Moon is also the Harvest Moon. It's also called Travel Moon, Dying Grass Moon, Blood Moon, or Sanguine Moon. more

November: Beaver Moon

The Full Moon in November is named after beavers. It is also called Frost Moon and Mourning Moon, depending on the winter solstice. more

December: Cold Moon

The December Full Moon is called the Cold Moon, Long Nights Moon, the Moon before Yule, Oak Moon, and Wolf Moon. more

Is There a Perfect Calendar?

Our calendar does not accurately reflect the length of a tropical year, the time it takes Earth to complete a full orbit around the Sun. Why is that so and are there other calendars that do a better job? more

The Revised Julian Calendar

The Revised Julian calendar is one of the most accurate calendar systems ever developed. How does it work, and why don't we use it? more

Full Moon Names

Full Moons had given names in many ancient cultures. The Full Moon names we use today often reflect nature like Harvest Moon. more

The Lunar Month

A lunar month is the time it takes the Moon to pass through all of the Moon phases, usually measured from a New Moon the next New Moon. more

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