The Beaver Moon of 2021

Find out how November’s Moon got its names and what is coming with this year’s moon.


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This picture shows a partial lunar eclipse similar to the one that will accompany this year’s Full Beaver Moon.

Kenneth Lee

November has its own special full moon known as the Beaver Moon. The moon was named the Beaver Moon because it rises around the same time as when Native American hunters set traps for beavers to gather their fur for the winter. It is also the time when beavers start to take shelter in their lodges after they have gotten ready for winter.

November’s Moon also has a few alternative names. One such name is the Frosty Moon which got its name from the Cree and Assiniboine peoples, because it rises near when the temperature drops and winter starts.

The Anishinaabe called it the Freezing Moon for the same reason.

The Tlingit named it the Digging (or Scratching) Moon due to the fact that animals forage for food and bears dig their dens for winter.

This is also around the time where deer look for mates which is why the Dakota and Lakota called this the Deer Rutting Moon.

The Algonquin named this the Whitefish Moon as it is the spawning time for these fish. All of these names for November’s Moon are drawn from animals getting ready for winter and colder days coming.

The full moon will rise on Nov.19 at 5p.m. Eastern time and 2p.m. Pacific Standard time. It can be seen from North and South America, Australia, and some parts of Europe and Asia.

There will also be a partial lunar eclipse coming with this month’s Full Moon, which will peak at 4:02 a.m. Eastern. NASA has stated that this will be the longest eclipse of the century lasting 3 hours and 28 minutes. Although it isn’t a complete lunar eclipse, it will still be very close with almost 97% of the moon being covered by Earth’s shadow.