Question 1: The full moon closest to the autumnal equinox is often called the…
- Harvest moon
- Pumpkin spice moon
- Blue moon
Correct Answer: Harvest moon
Fact: In the northern hemisphere, the autumn equinox falls on or around September 22. The full moon closest to that date is the harvest moon.
Question 2: If September’s full moon is the ‘harvest moon,’ what is October’s full moon called?
- Hunter’s moon
- Ghost moon
- Pink moon
Correct Answer: Hunter’s moon
Fact: The reference to hunting comes from Anglo-Saxon cultures. The full moon in October meant it was time to stock up for the cold months ahead.
Question 3: China’s Mid-Autumn Festival is also known as the…
- Moon Festival
- Mooncake Festival
- Both are correct
Correct Answer: Both are correct
Fact: This harvest celebration dates back thousands of years and is heavily associated with the moon, inspiring the traditional festival treat: mooncake.
Question 4: Which month’s full moon is often called the strawberry moon?
Correct Answer: June
Fact: The nickname comes from the Algonquin tribe, who called June's full moon the 'strawberry moon' as it matched up with the ripening of wild strawberries.
Question 5: What’s the term for a second full moon in one month?
- Lunar encore
- Blue moon
- Double moon
Correct Answer: Blue moon
Fact: Though atmospheric conditions can sometimes make the moon look blue, a real blue moon is the second full moon in a month.
Question 6: The full moon that happens when the moon’s orbit brings it closest to Earth is called a…
- Clingy moon
Correct Answer: Supermoon
Fact: When the moon's uneven orbit draws it closer to Earth, the full moon will look larger in the sky, especially at moonrise—because it's physically closer to us.
Question 7: What is the term for the belief that the full moon causes people to behave strangely?
- Full moon fever
- Lunar effect
- Moon madness
Correct Answer: Lunar effect
Fact: Though there's no scientific basis for the lunar effect, the idea that the full moon affects human behavior has been around for centuries.