Full Cold Moon of December

December’s Cold Moon will reach peak fullness at 11:36 p.m. EST on Saturday the 18th, just three days prior to winter solstice. It will rise in the late afternoon at 4:02 p.m. and remain in the sky until 7:48 a.m. on Sunday the 19th. 

To the right of the rising moon, three planets – Jupiter, Saturn and Venus – will be visible to the naked eye aligned in a 45 degree angle relative to the horizon… 

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Full Beaver Moon and the Longest Eclipse in Over Five Hundred Years…

November’s Full Beaver Moon, a near-total lunar eclipse, will happen early in the morning on Friday, the 19th, and will last three hours, 28 minutes and 24 seconds – the longest in 580 years. This month’s moon will also appear to be full from Wednesday night through Saturday morning.

I wonder what the people viewing the last long eclipse in 1441 were thinking…

For more information, visit NASA’s Full Moon Guide or The Old Farmer’s Almanac!

Thunder Moon is on the way

July’s full moon has traditionally been associated with the weather and the flora and fauna of summer. Better known as the Buck Moon, I choose to refer to it using one of its alternate names – Thunder Moon, due to the number of storms that accompany its arrival this time of year along the coast.

This moon will rise over the southeastern Atlantic shoreline around 8:30 p.m. on Friday evening, July 23rd, and will shine in the sky all night…

You can read more about it HERE!

June’s Full Moon…

The last supermoon of 2021 rises over the Atlantic on Thursday, June 24th, 2021

Find out all about this month’s full moon and how to view it: *HERE.

By the way, the above *Old Farmer’s Almanac article cites the Cherokee when naming this month’s full ‘Green Corn’ moon. In the Southeastern United States, however, the Muscogee Creek Confederacy is more closely associated with the Green Corn Moon and Green Corn Festival. In the words of researcher Richard Thornton, “Each province and ethnic group within the Creek Confederacy determined its own date and rituals for the Green Corn Festival. The date of the festival generally coincided with the ripening of the roasting ears,”… and not necessarily with the cycle of the moon. 

I See The Moon. The Moon Sees Me…

When I picture the moon in my mind’s eye, I immediately envision an orange ball of light sporting a contorted smile. Sometimes, I’m lucky enough to photograph it that way. This shot of the full ‘Sturgeon Moon’ was taken on August 7th in 2017. As it rose over the treetops, it looked a lot like a jack ‘o’ lantern…

This August full moon also brought a partial lunar eclipse…