When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie

supermoonrisingDid you see the full moon? Last night’s moon qualified as a Supermoon. What’s that exactly? A full moon closely coinciding with perigee. (In geek speak: the perigee of the moon is the closest point from the earth in its orbit. Apogee is the furthest). The angle of the moon rise during this time creates a view distorted by the earth’s atmosphere and treats us to that bright and bold orange moon that makes you say wow and dash for your camera. We’ve had three Supermoons this summer and last night was the last one for a while. Last night’s moon wasn’t just a Supermoon, it was the Harvest Supermoon.

For all of history and beyond, people have named the monthly moons by what was happening around them at the time. Mostly these names have to do with agriculture and  hunting. Others are noted by appearance and coincidence. Some of the names we are familiar with originate with the Native Americans. Of course different cultures have different associations and names, but surprisingly the differences are few. When you encounter something global like this, it just goes to show how old the associations are to be so similar around the world. Here are a few evocative names to spark your imagination:

January – = Wolf Moon
February – = Snow Moon, Storm Moon, Hunger Moon
March – = Worm Moon, Chaste Moon, Sap Moon
April –= Pink Moon, Seed Moon, Fish Moon, Egg Moon
May – = Flower Moon, Hare Moon, Milk Moon
June – = Strawberry Moon, Dyad Moon, Rose Moon
July – = Buck or Sturgeon Moon, Mead Moon, Thunder Moon, Hay Moon
August –= Fruit or Barley Moon, Corn Moon, Green Corn Moon, Red Moon
September – = Harvest Moon
October – = Hunters Moon, Blood Moon 
November – = Beaver Moon, Frost Moon, Snow Moon 
December – = Long Nights Moon, Oak Moon, Cold Moon

And we also have the Blue Moon — that rare double full moon in a month. I call that a Drummer’s Moon.  😉

With the autumnal equinox around the corner, the days will be getting shorter as seasons march toward winter. Hmm..didn’t winter just end? In the months leading up to the autumnal equinox, the moon  rises about 50 minutes later than the night before. After the autumnal equinox, the days will continue to shorten toward the winter solstice. The moon will rise about 30 minutes later each night.



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Here’s a cliché for today:
Asking for the moon


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Rose Anderson is an award-winning author and dilettante who loves great conversation and delights in discovering interesting things to weave into stories. Rose also writes under the pen name Madeline Archer.
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11 Responses to When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie

  1. mikey2ct says:

    ….that’s Amore! Great post, Rose.

  2. treknray says:

    Thanks for another outstanding blog. I am going to save the moon namesand forward this to my wife and children.

    To lthe Moon Alice.

  3. D'Ann says:

    Great post! Very interesting. I watched that moon for awhile last night. So pretty!

  4. skmarshall2014 says:

    I thought the moon was fantastic last night, Rose.
    I’m forwarding the URL on the Internet to my husband. He’s been complaining about this for a long time and no one has done anything including him. lol Now, here’s his chance. I’m, also, going to paste it on my Facebook page.

  5. Amore indeed… I often gaze at the full moon and envision my friends and family around the world all looking up at her as well, even if at different times (time zones)… it makes me smile. Thanks, Rose~glad you are somewhat back in the saddle!

  6. melissakeir says:

    Great post! I dread the full moon. It makes things crazy at school! 🙂

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