Streak of Illumination, Unveiling Consecutive Moon Fulls

A celestial partner that has fascinated humans for millennia, the moon undergoes an enchanting cycle of phases. One of the most fascinating is the full moon. This radiant light has inspired poets to write, guided travellers, and fuelled countless myths. Ever wondered how many nights in a line a bright full moon could grace the night sky? Could the heavens line up to allow for an unbroken series of full moons in a row? As we explore the mysteries of this celestial phenomenon, join us for an exciting astronomical voyage. Read more now on

Lunar Dance of Phases

Phases of the Moon are a result of their changing relative positions to Earth, Sun and other planets. As the Moon orbits around our planet, we can observe varying parts of its illuminated halves. A full moon is characterized as having its entire illumination when Earth, Sun, and Moon are all almost perfectly aligned.

The Myth of the Endless Full Moon Streak

The natural rhythms of the earth’s moon orbit are important to grasp. An average lunar month (also known as a “synodic” month) is about 29.5days long. This includes all phases of the moon, from new-moon to new-moon.

This inherent rhythm makes it impossible for full-moons to occur in a continuous sequence. It is necessary for the moon to go through each of its phases. The illumination will decrease after a full moon and progress through crescent, gibbous phases before returning back to the full phase.

Lunar Anomalies – Their Impact

A continuous string of full Moons may not be possible within the limitations of the moon’s natural cycle. But certain astronomical effects can make it appear as if the full moon periods are longer. A good example is what’s known as “the moon illusion”. A phenomenon is when the moon looks larger as it approaches the horizon. Even though the actual size of the Moon remains constant, it’s apparent magnitude is different, which gives the illusion that there are prolonged sightings.