1972 Full Moons, calendar of full moons in 1972

The 1972 Full Moon Calendar shows you the dates of the year’s 12 full moons, one seasonal blue moon, four supermoons, and two lunar eclipses that occurred during the year.

A full moon occurs when the Earth is directly between the Sun and Moon so that the moon looks completely illuminated when you look at it. It happens about once a month or, 29.53 days on average.

Watercolor of the moon for the 1972 Full Moon Calendar

The names and dates of the full moons in 1972 were:

  • January 30: Wolf Blood Moon
  • February 28: Full Snow Moon
  • March 29: Full Worm Moon
  • April 28: Full Pink Moon
  • May 28: Full Flower Moon
  • June 26: Full Strawberry Moon
  • July 26: Full Buck Moon
  • August 24: Full Sturgeon Moon
  • September 23: Super Harvest Moon
  • October 22: Super Hunter’s Moon
  • November 20: Super Beaver Moon
  • December 20: Super Cold Moon

1972 Full Moon Calendar

In 1972, there were 12 full moons. Each month had one full moon, and each season had three full moons, except for Autumn, which had four.

DateFull Moon NameU.S. Eastern TimeU.S. Central Time
January 30Wolf Blood Moon5:58 AM EST4:58  AM CST
February 28Full Snow Moon10:12 PM EST9:12  PM CST
March 29Full Worm Moon3:05 PM EST2:05  PM CST
April 28Full Pink Moon7:44 AM EST6:44 AM CST
May 28Full Flower Moon12:28 AM EDT11:28 PM CDT
(May 27)
June 26Full Strawberry Moon2:46 PM EDT1:46 PM CDT
July 26Full Buck Moon3:24 AM EDT3:24 AM CDT
August 24Full Sturgeon Moon2:22 PM EDT1:22 PM CDT
September 23Super Harvest Moon12:07 AM EDT11:07 PM CDT
(September 22)
October 22Super Hunter’s Moon9:25 AM EDT8:25 AM CDT
November 20Super Beaver Moon6:07  PM EST5:07 PM EST
December 20Super Cold Moon4:45  AM EST3:45  AM EST

1972 Supermoons

In 1972 there were five supermoons: September 23, October 22, November 20, and December 20.

A full supermoon is a full moon that nearly coincides with the closest that the Moon comes to the Earth in its orbit, called perigee. The moon has a larger-than-usual appearance when you look at it. There isn’t an official definition for how close the moon needs to be to the earth to be considered a supermoon.

1972 Seasonal Blue Moon

Yes, the full moon on November 20 was a seasonal blue moon in 1972 as Autumn had four full moons.

There are two definitions of blue moons. The most common, and the one you likely know, is when two full moons occur in the same month. The second full moon is typically called a blue moon.

The second definition of a blue moon relates to having an extra full moon during a season. When a season has four full moons, the third full moon of the season is also called a blue moon or a seasonal blue moon to help distinguish between the other definition.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few frequently asked questions about the 1972 Full Moon Calendar to help look back at the year.

How many full moons in 1972?

There were 12 full moons in 1972, with one full moon each month of the year, and each season had three full moons except for Autumn, which had four.

When was the first full moon of 1972?

The first full moon of 1972 was on Sunday, January 30, 1972. It was called the Full Wolf Moon as it was the January Full Moon. It was also the second full moon of the Winter 1971-1972 season as the second full moon after the Winter Solstice.

What was the first full moon after the 1972 Spring Equinox?

The first full moon after the 1972 Spring Equinox was on Wednesday, March 29, 1972. It was the March 1972 full moon and called the Full Worm Moon.

What are the phases of the moon?

The four primary phases are the new moon, the first quarter, the full moon, and the last quarter. The minor phases are the waxing crescent, the waxing gibbous, the waning gibbous, and the waning crescent.

The lunar month lasts an average of 29.53 days and begins with the new moon. The first quarter moon occurs between the new moon and the full moon.

A full moon occurs in the middle of the lunar month when the Earth is directly between the Sun and the Moon, so the moon looks completely illuminated. The last quarter moon occurs after the full moon and before the next new moon.

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Watercolor of the moon for the 1972 Full Moon Calendar

Sources

The dates and times provided by NASA for the United States (USA) Eastern Standard Time (EST) and Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) timezones. Also below is the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) time for reference. This was previously referred to as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Since your local timezone may be different, the exact dates may shift for your calendar.