November 2020 Full Moon Tonight Is A Beaver Moon Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

Full Moon

A Full Moon will occur tonight on the morning of the 30th of November 2020, beginning with a moonrise over the Atlantic Ocean at 5:07 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (with plus or minus a few minutes depending on your exact location along Florida’s east coast).

The Full Moon will technically be at its fullest at 4:30 a.m. EST on Monday, November 30th. The moon will set at 7:04 a.m.

November 2020 Full Beaver Moon Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

The November 2020 Full Moon brings with it a penumbral eclipse, which occurs when the Moon passes through Earth’s lighter outer shadow.

Unlike a Total Lunar Eclipse, a penumbral lunar eclipse will not turn into a reddish blood moon. Instead, the moon turns a slightly darker grey.

According to, the penumbral lunar eclipse will be visible for all of North America.

The greatest eclipse will occur at 4:43 A.M. EST (1:43 A.M. EST) on November 30.

Why is a Full Moon in November called a Beaver Moon?

Moon names are often associated with seasonal occurrences.

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, November’s full Moon was called the Beaver Moon by some Native American tribes and colonial Americans because this was the time of year when beavers begin to take shelter in their lodges and time to set traps for the valuable fur trade.

The November full Moon has also been called the Frost Moon and the Freezing Moon.

When is the best time to watch November’s Full Moon?

Low hanging moons near the horizon appear larger to humans.

So, the Beaver Moon will appear biggest to the naked eye on the U.S east coast during and just after the moonrise.

Image credit: NASA