The Beaver Moon 2023: When to See the November Full Moon 2023?

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3 min readNov 14, 2023
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When can you see the November Full Moon, and what does it have to do with beavers? We’ll unravel that in this article.

When is the Full Moon in November 2023?​​

The next Full Moon takes place on November 27, at 09:16 GMT (04:16 a.m. ET). At this point, our natural satellite will be in the constellation Taurus. Don’t worry if you miss the exact timing — the Moon will appear full to the naked eye for a few days around the date. This year, you may also spot the bright cluster Pleiades shining near the November Full Moon — read more about the star cluster in our separate article.

Moon phases in November 2023

  • Last Quarter Moon: November 5, 08:37 GMT (03:37 a.m. ET).
  • New Moon: November 13, 09:27 GMT (04:27 a.m. ET).
  • First Quarter Moon: November 20, 10:50 GMT (05:50 a.m. ET).
  • Full Moon: November 27, 09:16 GMT (04:16 a.m. ET).

You can discover the Moon’s phase, location, and brightness on any date with ease — explore the lunar calendar feature in our free stargazing apps, Star Walk 2 and Sky Tonight.

When is the next New Moon 2023?

The next New Moon after the November Full Moon will be on December 12, at 23:32 GMT (06:32 p.m. ET). During this phase, the Moon won’t be visible in the sky.

What is the Beaver Moon?

Beaver Moon is one of the traditional names for the November Full Moon. It came from Native American tribes, who used to give names to the Full Moons based on peculiar features of every particular month.

Why is it called the Beaver Moon?

November is when beavers prepare for the cold: they build dams and stock up on food in their lodges. Maybe that’s why the Native Americans named the Full Moon in their honor, observing the activity of these industrious animals. The other possible reason is that during this month, the hunters traditionally set beaver traps to get the fur.

When is the next Beaver Moon: date and time

This year’s Beaver Moon occurs on November 27, at 09:16 GMT (04:16 a.m. ET). After that, we’ll have to wait until November 15, 2024, at 21:29 GMT for the next Beaver Moon to come. It won’t happen anytime soon, but you won’t forget about it if you follow us on social media and check our astronomical calendar in Star Walk 2 and Sky Tonight: we’ll keep you reminded of this and many other celestial events.

Alternative November Full Moon names

The other November Full Moon names that came from Native American culture include Frost Moon and Freezing Moon — obviously because the weather is getting cold at this time of the year. In different parts of the world, you can find such names as:

  • Chinese: White Moon
  • Celtic: Dark Moon
  • Wiccan: Snow Moon
  • Cherokee: Trading Moon
  • Southern Hemisphere: Corn Moon, Milk Moon, Flower Moon, Hare Moon

Mourning Moon 2023

Being the last Full Moon before the winter solstice (in the Northern Hemisphere), the Full Moon in November 2023 can be referred to as Mourning Moon. This is the most popular November Full Moon name in the Pagan tradition. For the pagans, it represents the time to get rid of old things and ideas that are weighing you down, while allowing yourself to mourn them gone.

When is the next Full Moon 2023: Cold Moon

The next Full Moon after the Beaver Moon will be the Cold Moon on December 27. This will be the last Full Moon of 2023. So, don’t miss it!

In this colorful infographic, we’ve discussed all the Full Moons in 2023. Find out how they’ve got their traditional names and what’s special about them.

November Full Moon 2023: Conclusion

This month’s Full Moon occurs on November 27. It’s traditionally called the Beaver Moon, for beavers begin to hide in their lodges around this time. Another popular name for this Full Moon is the Mourning Moon. The Full Moon is a nice and easy target to observe, so it’s an ideal starting point for anyone new to stargazing. To enhance your experience, arm yourself with a stargazing app like Star Walk 2 and Sky Tonight and explore the night sky adorned with our shining natural satellite!

Text Credit: Vito Technology, Inc.



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