1978 Full Moons, calendar of full moons in 1978

The 1978 Full Moon Calendar shows you the dates of the year’s 12 full moons, one seasonal blue moon, five 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 1978 Full Moon Calendar

The names and dates of the full moons in 1978 were:

  • Full Wolf Moon on January 24, 1978
  • Full Snow Moon on February 22, 1978
  • Worm Blood Moon on March 24, 1978
  • Full Pink Moon on April 22, 1978
  • Super Flower Moon on May 22, 1978
  • Super Strawberry Moon on June 20, 1978
  • Super Buck Moon on July 19, 1978
  • Super Sturgeon Moon on August 18, 1978
  • Super Harvest Blood Moon on September 16, 1978
  • Full Hunter’s Moon on October 16, 1978
  • Full Beaver Moon on November 14, 1978
  • Full Cold Moon on December 14, 1978

1978 Full Moon Calendar

In 1978, there were 12 full moons. Each month had one full moon, and each season had three full moons, except for Spring, which had four.

Full Moon 1978Full Moon NameFull Moon SignUS Eastern TimeUTC Time
January 24, 1978Full Wolf MoonLeo2:56  AM EST7:56 AM UTC
February 22, 1978Full Snow MoonVirgo8:26  PM EST1:26 AM UTC
(February 23)
March 24, 1978Worm Blood MoonLibra11:20  AM EST4:20 PM UTC
April 22, 1978Full Pink MoonScorpio11:11  PM EST4:11 AM UTC
(April 23)
May 22, 1978Super Flower MoonSagittarius9:17 AM EDT1:17 PM UTC
June 20, 1978Super Strawberry MoonSagittarius4:30 PM EDT8:30 PM UTC
July 19, 1978Super Buck MoonCapricorn11:05 PM EDT3:05 AM UTC
(July 20)
August 18, 1978Super Sturgeon MoonAquarius6:14 AM EDT10:14 AM UTC
September 16, 1978Super Harvest Blood MoonPisces3:01 PM EDT7:01 PM UTC
October 16, 1978Full Hunter’s MoonAries2:09 AM EDT6:09 AM UTC
November 14, 1978Full Beaver MoonTaurus3:00  PM EST8:00 PM UTC
December 14, 1978Full Cold MoonGemini7:31  AM EST12:31 PM UTC

1978 Supermoons

In 1978 there were five supermoons: May 22, June 20, July 19, August 18, and September 16.

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.

1978 Seasonal Blue Moon

Yes, the full moon on May 22 was a seasonal blue moon in 1978, as Spring 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 1978 Full Moon Calendar to help look back at the year.

How many full moons in 1978?

There were 12 full moons in 1978, with one full moon each month of the year, and each season had three full moons except for Spring, which had four.

When was the first full moon of 1978?

The first full moon of 1978 was on Tuesday, January 24, 1978. It was called the Full Wolf Moon as it was the January Full Moon. It was also the second full moon of the Winter 1977-1978 season as the second full moon after the Winter Solstice.

What was the first full moon after the 1978 Spring Equinox?

The first full moon after the 1978 Spring Equinox was on Friday, March 24, 1978. It was the March 1978 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 1978 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.