Did 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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