Here’s your 2021 planning calendar for amazing full moon experiences in Arizona

Is there anyone who doesn’t enjoy gazing up at a big, beautiful full moon? In Arizona, people sometimes go to great lengths for amazing full moon experiences. With a little planning and cooperative weather, you can enjoy an eye-popping moonrise, too.

Tips for enjoying a full moon in Arizona

  • Best vantage points for watching the moonrise are on mountaintops with unobstructed views to the east
  • Your best opportunities for viewing both the sunset and full moon are the evening of actual full moon and the day before (Waxing Gibbous)
  • Waxing Gibbous describes the phase when the visible surface of the moon is getting larger day by day. This happens on the days leading up to full moon.
  • Waning Gibbous describes the phase when the visible surface of the moon is getting smaller day by day. This happens on the days following a full moon.
  • In summer months, it’s important to take extra precautions to protect yourself from the extreme heat Arizona is known for, even at night.

The moon’s phases

πŸŒ‘ New
πŸŒ’ Waxing Crescent
πŸŒ“ First Quarter
πŸŒ” Waxing Gibbous
πŸŒ• Full
πŸŒ– Waning Gibbous
πŸŒ— Third Quarter
🌘 Waning Crescent

Source: spaceplace.nasa.gov/moon-phases/en/

When is full moon?

The most important thing you need to know for excellent moon-watching experiences is when the full moon will occur each month. The date of full moon varies from month to month. Some months actually get a full moon twice. The second full moon to occur in one month is called a “blue moon.”

Best dates in 2021 for experiencing a full moon in Phoenix*

*Source: timeanddate.com | Sunset and moonrise times will vary by up to ten minutes around the state. Tip: Unlike most of Arizona, some of the larger Indian reservations, such as Navajo Nation, do participate in Daylight Savings Time and are off by an hour during DST.

January 2021

PhaseDaySunsetMoonrise
Waxing275:57 p.m.4:56 p.m.
Full285:56 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Waning295:59 p.m.7:05 p.m.

February 2021

PhaseDaySunsetMoonrise
Waxing266:22 p.m.5:54 p.m.
Full276:23 p.m.7:02 p.m.
Waning286:24 p.m.8:11 p.m.

March 2021

PhaseDaySunsetMoonrise
Waxing276:46 p.m.5:49 p.m.
Full286:46 p.m.6:58 p.m.
Waning296:47 p.m.9:21 p.m.

April 2021

PhaseDaySunsetMoonrise
Waxing256:43 p.m.5:43 p.m.
Full266:44 p.m.6:55 p.m.
Waning276:45 p.m.8:10 p.m.

May 2021

PhaseDaySunsetMoonrise
Waxing257:28 p.m.6:56 p.m.
Full267:29 p.m.8:11 p.m.
Waning277:30 p.m.9:23 p.m.

June 2021

PhaseDaySunsetMoonrise
Waxing237:41 p.m.6:58 p.m.
Full247:41 p.m.8:07 p.m.
Waning257:41 p.m.9:08 p.m.

July 2021

PhaseDaySunsetMoonrise
Waxing227:35 p.m.6:51 p.m.
Full237:34 p.m.7:47 p.m.
Waning247:34 p.m.8:34 p.m.

August 2021

PhaseDaySunsetMoonrise
Waxing217:06 p.m.7:08 p.m.
Full227:05 p.m.7:44 p.m.
Waning237:04 p.m.8:15 p.m.

September 2021

PhaseDaySunsetMoonrise
Waxing196:28 p.m.6:15 p.m.
Full206:27 p.m.6:44 p.m.
Waning216:25 p.m.7:12 p.m.

October 2021

PhaseDaySunsetMoonrise
Waxing195:49 p.m.5:41 p.m.
Full205:48 p.m.6:08 p.m.
Waning215:47 p.m.6:37 p.m.

November 2021

PhaseDaySunsetMoonrise
Waxing185:23 p.m.5:09 p.m.
Full195:23 p.m.5:43 p.m.
Waning205:23 p.m.6:22 p.m.

December 2021

PhaseDaySunsetMoonrise
Waxing175:23 p.m.4:21 p.m.
Full185:24 p.m.5:03 p.m.
Waning195:24 p.m.5:50 p.m.
  • Full moon rising over mountains
  • Full moon rising over mountains
  • full moon rising from behind rocky hill

It’s cool to see a massive full moon rising up over the horizon, but it’s even better if you plan ahead and watch it from a hilltop with your camera and someone you enjoy hanging out with. Use the tips and table above to plot your next amazing full moon viewing experience.


Take part in a guided full-moon tour in Phoenix

If you’re in the Phoenix area, consider participating in a full moon tour guided by Paul Fiarkoski – creator of this blog and author of Arizona Bucket List Adventure Guide & Journal.

Want more info? Read this description of the experience offered in conjunction with Airbnb.

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