Full Moon in November 2021: Beaver in North & Flower Moon in Southern Hemisphere

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Whether full in November 2021 is a Beaver Moon or a Flower Moon is not rocket science to solve. I mean, it’s just simple physics. The eleventh full moon of 2021 in earth’s northern hemisphere is known as Beaver Moon. This full moon will occur on Friday, November 19, at sharp 03:59 A.M. EST.

Conversely, for people living in southern hemisphere; let’s say for Australian people, they call full moon in November 2021 a Flower Moon. In the earth’s southern areas, the Flower Moon will occur on Friday, November 19, at sharp 05:59 P.M. AEST.

Wanna know why different full moon names in the different hemispheres and many more interesting facts about the full moon in November 2021? I would recommend you to keep reading!

In addition, on this day, we will also witness a partial lunar eclipse. As the name suggests, a partial lunar eclipse occurs when the moon partially passes through the earth’s umbra. In case if you don’t know, a lunar eclipse only occurs only on a full moon day. In a similar way, a solar eclipse only occurs on a new moon day.

 

Why Different Full Moon Names in Different Hemisphere?

Just because there is an approx 6 months of seasonal difference between the northern and southern hemispheres, people living above and below the equator use different full moon names.

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When there is the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere, there is the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

Obviously, now you would be thinking that what could be the reason behind the seasonal difference between the two hemispheres?

Well, just because the earth has an axial tilt of 23.4 degrees, there is a seasonal mismatch between the southern and the northern hemisphere. See the above image for proper understanding.

However, If you wanna know more about the earth’s tilt and how it affects the seasons on the earth, you can check this article. I can bet you will love this piece of article.

 

Different Full Moon Names in Northern Hemisphere

For millennia, ancient humans have used different seasons as a guide to track the different full moon phases. Or, you can say for millennia, humans have used the full moon phases to track the changing season. However, seasons are not the only possible way to define different full moon names.

I mean the names given to the various full moon phases are based upon a couple of different sources. Out of all, the most famous and widely acknowledged full moon names come from the tribes of native American culture.

As per the legends, in order to keep track of changing seasons, the Algonquin tribal people used to follow the lunar calendar rather than following the solar calendar.

These full moon names were later adopted by Colonial Americans and European settlers. And, with time, these names were finally integrated with the modern (Georgian calendar) calendar.

 

Full Moon in November 2021 – Beaver Moon in Northern Hemisphere

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In the northern hemisphere, November full moon is known as Beaver Moon. WHY? Because during this time of the year, these semiaquatic rodents (Beavers) vigorously start building their dams of wood and mud for the forthcoming winter season.

In other words, as the temperature decreases, harvesting also slows down. As a result, aminals (Beavers) starts to prepare everything before the ice set in. In fact, the other name of the full moon in this month is the frost moon. And, I hope that you know the obvious reason behind it.

 

Other Cultural Full Moon Names for November 2021 in Northern Hemisphere

Well, if you go somewhere away from your native place, you will see that local indigenous people have their own indigenous full moon names. For example:

  • In Indian Culture, the full moon in November is known as Kartik Purnima. Not to mention, the full moon in Hindi is known as Purnima.
  • English Medival people call it a Snow Moon.
  • Chinese people call the full moon in November a White Moon.
  • Dakotah people call it the Moon When When Horns Are Broken Off.
  • Cherokee tribe people call it the Trading Moon.
  • Colonial American People call it the Beaver Moon.
  • Choctaw tribe people call it the Sassafras Moon, etc.

 

Different Full Moon Names in Southern Hemisphere

You would be baffled to know that the full moon names used in the southern hemisphere are the same as the northern hemisphere, just the seasonal difference. Wanna know why???

Well, because most of the people living in the southern hemisphere (let’s say Australia, South Africa, or New Zealand) are none other than the European settlers.

In other words, one can say that European settlers, at first, integrated the native American full moon names into their modern Georgian calendar. And, later, many of these full moon names went with them to new places around the world.

 

Full Moon in November 2021 – Flower Moon in Southern Hemisphere

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Image Source: Mama Goddess

In the southern hemisphere, the full moon in November is known as the Full Flower Moon or Flower Moon. WHY? Because this month’s flower moon indicates the flowers that usually bloom in this month.

Other Cultural Full Moon Names for November 2021 in Southern Hemisphere

Well, if you go somewhere away from your native place, you will see that local indigenous people have their own indigenous full moon names. Sadly, that is not the case with the people living in the southern hemisphere.

Not to mention, for several days, I have been trying to get some detail regarding the full moon naming criteria for the Earth’s southern areas. But, I did not find any single piece of work related to that.

However, I did find one resource where it has been mentioned that the native people of the southern hemisphere (Māori People of New Zealand) didn’t assign a name to only the Full Moon phase of each month. Every night of the Moon had a name.

Therefore, as a result of these elaborated naming conditions, many in the Southern Hemisphere rely on the European-inspired Full Moon Names.

Latest Update

Just to let you know, one of my friends Retha Potgieter recently told me about the update on Full moon names in South Africa. Since September 2020, South Africa have their own unique full moon names.

As per the Centre for Astronomical Heritage (CfAH), in South Africa, the full moon in November is known as MILK MOON. The Centre for Astronomical Heritage (CfAH) is a non-profit company working to protect South Africa’s astronomical heritage.

The Centre’s mission is to record, preserve, and disseminate information about South Africa’s tangible and intangible astronomical heritage. I would request you to visit this website at least once. They are doing really nice work.

 

When is the Next Full Moon in November 2021?

The next full moon in the northern hemisphere will occur on Friday, November 19, at sharp 03:59 A.M. EST. It will be known as the Beaver Moon. Okay, for northerners, it will be a Beaver Moon. But, for the southerner, it will be a Flower Moon. Therefore, for southerners, the next full moon will occur on Friday, November 19, at sharp 05:59 P.M. AEST.

In addition, on this day, the moon will be in Taurus. At last, I wish you good luck with this epic moon gazing. And, do let me know about your amazing experience in the comment section.

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I am a mechanical engineer by profession. Just because of my love for fundamental physics, I switched my career, and therefore I did my postgraduate degree in physics. Right now I am a loner (as ever) and a Physics blogger too. My sole future goal is to do a Ph.D. in theoretical physics, especially in the field of cosmology. Because in my view, every aspect of physics comes within the range of cosmology. And I love traveling, especially the Sole one.

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