See November's Full Beaver Moon light up the sky around the world (photos)

an airplane flies in front of the full moon in a dark sky
A commercial airline aircraft flies before the rising Full Beaver Moon above Kuwait City on Nov. 27, 2023. (Image credit: YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP via Getty Images)

The second to last full moon of 2023 has risen and set, brightening the November night skies and giving photographers and moon enthusiasts across the globe the opportunity to capture some truly stunning images.

The Full Beaver Moon gets its name from the fact that it roses at the time of year when beavers are beginning to retreat to their dens for winter. It also refers to the fact that this was the time of year when trappers would hunt beavers for their thick Winter Pelt.

If you missed the moon in its full glory this week, these pictures will help you relive it and get excited for the next full moon and the last of 2023, December's Cold Moon, which rises on Dec. 26.

Related: Full moon calendar 2023: When to see the next full moon

Ken Kremer of Space UpClose caught the Full Beaver Moon photobombing a streak formed by the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying 23 Starlink spacecraft as it lifted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Nov. 27, 2023.

The full moon seen above the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket as seen from Titusville, Florida on Nov. 27, 2023. (Image credit: Ken Kremer)

Photographer Robbie Sydney caught the Full Beaver Moon as it appeared to grace the top of the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia.

The Full Beaver Moon rises over the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia on Nov. 27, 2023. (Image credit: Robbie Sydney)

As seen around the world, the Beaver Moon took on a variety of different visages based upon the conditions under which it appeared. For example, in San Francisco, Photojournalist Tayfun Coskun caught the Full Beaver Moon over the abandoned Alcatraz prison glowing with an impressive orange hue. 

The Beaver Full Moon rises over Alcatraz Island in San Francisco, California, United States on Nov. 27, 2023.  (Image credit: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu via Getty Images)

The Beaver Moon was more subtle and restrained as it manifested over New York City, peaking through the clouds and appearing as a silver disk with almost wispy edges. Journalist Gary Hershorn captured the Full Beaver Moon contrasted against the bright lights of the city that never sleeps. 

The full Beaver Moon rises behind the skyline of lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center in New York City on Nov. 27, 2023, as seen from Jersey City, New Jersey. (Image credit: Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)

Photographer Lorenzo Di Cola witnessed the "moon illusion" over Monte Prena Mountain in Italy, causing the full moon to look incredibly large compared to the mountains from behind which it emerged.

The Full Beaver full moon rises above Monte Prena Mountain (Gran Sasso d'Italia and Monti della Laga National Park) as seen from L'Aquila, Italy, on Nov. 26, 2023. (Image credit: Lorenzo Di Cola/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Journalist Gary Hershorn captured the Beaver Moon contrasted against the bright lights of the skyline over 42nd Street in New York City.

The Full Beaver Moon passes over 42nd Street as it sets before sunrise on Nov. 27, 2023, in New York City. (Image credit: Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)

For other moon photographers, the dark November clouds were more of a hindrance in capturing some stunning moon imagery. In the UK, X/Twitter user Victoria in the Fens described capturing the Beaver Moon during a brief gap in the clouds over Cambridgeshire. 

Another X user, Jamal Nasir, who goes by the fitting handle "the MoonGuy," caught some incredible images of the Beaver Moon from Glasgow, Scotland, after moving there from his home country of Pakistan to complete his Masters degree. The stunningly detailed images were described as possessing "ethereal beauty" by another X user. An alternative name for the Beaver Moon is the Frost Moon  —  and Nasir's images show it looking suitably chilly. 

November's full moon wasn't just visible in stunning images either. X user Matt Lantz captured a stunning timelapse video of the Full Beaver Moon rising over Fort Worth, Texas, showing it in all of its imposing glory.  


A Celestron telescope on a white background

(Image credit: Celestron)

Looking for a telescope to see the moon? We recommend the Celestron Astro Fi 102 as the top pick in our best beginner's telescope guide

If these stunning full moon images have whet your appetite for observing the moon yourself and you're hoping to catch a look at the Cold Moon next month, our guides to the best telescopes and best binoculars are a great place to start.

And if you're looking to snap photos of the next full moon or the night sky in general, check out our guide on how to photograph the moon, as well as our recommendations for the best cameras for astrophotography and best lenses for astrophotography.

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Robert Lea
Senior Writer

Robert Lea is a science journalist in the U.K. whose articles have been published in Physics World, New Scientist, Astronomy Magazine, All About Space, Newsweek and ZME Science. He also writes about science communication for Elsevier and the European Journal of Physics. Rob holds a bachelor of science degree in physics and astronomy from the U.K.’s Open University. Follow him on Twitter @sciencef1rst.