What is a Beaver Moon?

On November 30, 2020 the world would witness the fourth and the last lunar eclipse of the year. Earlier this year, three lunar eclipses were witnessed. Just like three of them, the fourth lunar event will also be the penumbral event. In the penumbral event, the moon will be covered by the Earth’s shadow for a few hours. This penumbral eclipse is also called the Beaver Moon in North America. The event would be visible in parts of Asia, North America, Europe, South America and Australia.

About Beaver Moon

  • The Beaver Moon is the full moon that comes out in the November month.
  • The moon is called so by most Americans in the North America.
  • Beaver moon is called so because, at this time of the year, the beaver trapping season begins in North America.
  • The full moon of November month is also known as the Freezing Moon or Frost Moon.

How the Moon is named?

In the ancient times changing seasons were traced by the changing seasons following the lunar month rather than by following the solar year on which the 12 months of the modern calendar have been based. People across Europe and American tribes used to name months based on the features associated with the Northern Hemisphere seasons. In the modern time, these ancient months’ name are used to give names to the Full Moon.

How Beaver moon has been named?

Full Moon for the month of November has been named as Beaver Moon. It has been named after beavers because in the month of November, Beavers become particularly active in building their winter dams so as to get ready for the cold season. Beavers are the nocturnal and they keep working under the light of the Full Moon. They make dams of wood and mud. They also build dome-shaped homes called lodges which also comprise of underwater entrances.


Beavers are large, semiaquatic rodents found in the temperate Northern Hemisphere. There are two extant species- the North American beaver and the Eurasian beaver. They are the second largest living rodents on the Earth. They have stout bodies, large heads, hand-like front feet, webbed back feet and flat tails. They have brown or grey fur. Beavers of the North American have a larger skull with a broader tail. They can be found in freshwater habitats including rivers, lakes, streams, and ponds. They are herbivorous in nature and they consume tree bark, aquatic plants, brush, grasses and sedges. They and their teeth continue to grow throughout their lives.

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