August 2019 Full Moon

“Dog Days Moon IV”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

August’s full moon is nearly upon us, with the moment of the full moon about 8:30 am tomorrow morning (all times herein midcoast Maine). There should be great viewing and photographing opportunities tonight (moonrise 7:37 pm), tomorrow morning (moonset 5:38 am), and tomorrow night (moonrise 8:08 pm). Each of these is near the time of sunrise/sunset, providing for interesting photographic potential.

August has been one of my better months over the years for my long-term full moon project, and I’ve included a few of my favorites here. Happy viewing!

“Moon When Cherries Turn Black I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Moon of the Ripening I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Cutter Moon IV”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

June 2019 Full Moon

“Summer Moon IX”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Today is June’s full moon, and the best viewing opportunity for moonrise will be tonight at about 8:45 pm (all times Midcoast Maine), just after sunset. As a special bonus tonight, Jupiter will be visible pretty close the to moon

My favorite June full moon photographs that I took were all from the same night years ago while camping in Cobscook Bay State Park, a group I’ve named the Summer Moon.

The Strawberry Moon is probably the most popular name for the June full moon in North America for areas where it comes during the strawberry harvest (which is definitely not yet here in Maine this year), and the Rose Moon, Mead Moon, and Honey Moon were all popular European names for the June full moon.

Happy viewing!

“Summer Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

May 2019 Full Moon

“Buddha Moon II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

May’s full moon is coming up over the weekend, with the moment of the full moon coming at 5:11 pm on Saturday, May 18th (all times here based on midcoast Maine). There should be good photo opportunities (weather permitting) on Saturday morning for moonset at 5:15 am (just after sunrise at 5:06), Saturday night for moonrise at 7:48 pm just before sunset at 7:59 pm.

The full moon of May 2019 is also considered a “blue moon” by some standards as well. The most common definition of a blue moon is the second of two full moons in the same month, but another traditional definition is a moon that is the third of four full moons in a season (in this case, between the spring equinox and the summer solstice).

Milk Moon, Flower Moon, and Planting Moon are some of the most common names for May’s full moon, but I also love names from other cultures such as the Dragon Moon, Buddha Moon, and Bright Moon. I’ve included a few May full moons here, and you can see my full Adventure in Celestial Mechanics project here.

Happy viewing!

“Bright Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Dragon Moon II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Dragon Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Buddha Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Milk Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Buddha Moon III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

February 2019 Full Moon

“Hunger Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

February’s full moon is tomorrow night! If you are looking for moonrise of the full moon, it will be at 5:19 pm Tuesday night (all times Midcoast Maine, Eastern time), which follows sunset at 5:11 pm. Moonset Tuesday morning at 6:42 am (near sunrise at 6:29 am) is a good photography opportunity, too.

February has some of my favorite names, too, like the Hunger Moon above. Other common names for February full moon are Bone Moon, Storm Moon, and Quiet Moon.

You can find my full moon project, Adventures in Celestial Mechanics, on my website. Enjoy!

“Bone Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Storm Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Quiet Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Full Moon January 2019, with bonus eclipse!

“Blood Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

As you have likely heard, the full moon for January is going to be an exciting one! The full moon will occur Sunday night and here in North America we’ll see a total lunar eclipse (as depicted in my photograph from a few years ago above). Now, I say we’ll see the lunar eclipse, but of course you have to avoid having clouds in between you and the moon, and here in New England that is looking unlikely. But you never know…

If the skies cooperate, you can see the eclipse on the East Coast from about 10:30 pm until 1:45 am, with the eclipse being total from about 11:30 to 12:30. Unlike a solar eclipse, you can watch a lunar eclipse with your naked eyes.

You may have seen references to this being a Blood Moon, a Wolf Moon, and a supermoon…the Blood Moon refers to the eclipse (and the color the moon often turns, based on atmospheric conditions), the Wolf Moon is a very common name for the January full moon, and a supermoon means that the moon is a bit closer in its orbit and appears 5-10% larger in the sky than is average.

Winter Solstice and December Full Moon

“Long Nights Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Happy Solstice! Today is the December solstice (which is the Winter Solstice here in the Northern Hemisphere), making tonight the longest night of the year. And, delightfully, the days now start getting longer again…

This year we get December’s full moon almost on the solstice, with the full moon arriving tomorrow. If you are so lucky as to not have torrential rains like we do here on the coast of Maine, the full moon tonight will essentially appear full. The photograph above is a December full moon from 2011, appropriately entitled the Long Nights Moon.

This site will be quiet until the new year. I hope all readers have a great holiday season, and best wishes for a wonderful 2019!

September 2018 Full Moon

“Harvest Moon”. Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

September’s full moon is almost upon us, with the moment of the full moon happening on Monday, Sept. 24th, at 10:52 pm (all times midcoast Maine). The best viewing of moonrise of the full moon should be Monday night, with moonrise occurring at 6:43 pm just after sunset at 6:29 pm. Moonset at 6:41 am on Tuesday should be a good opportunity, too, occurring just after sunrise.

I’ve had more success in September than pretty much any other month with photographing the full moon, and I’ve included a few examples here in this post. You can find a wider selection of my full moon photographs in my Adventures in Celestial Mechanics portfolio here.

This year (as happens 2/3 of the time) the September full moon is the Harvest Moon. The Harvest Moon is considered to be the moon closest in time to the autumn equinox and usually falls in September. Other common names for the September Moon I’ve used are the Autumn Moon, the Chestnut Moon, Dancing Moon (from the Klamath in the Pacific NW), the Moon of Plenty, and the Rice Moon.

“Blood Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Harvest Moon II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Chestnut Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Rice Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Rice Moon II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Dancing Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

August 2018 Full Moon

“Moon When Cherries Turn Black I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

August’s full moon is tonight – hopefully you were able to see the lovely almost-full moon last night. Here in midcoast Maine, you’ll see moonrise right after 7:16 pm and sunset right around 7:24 pm, so it should be a great viewing and photographing opportunity. Moonset tomorrow morning at 5:45 am should also be a great opportunity.

August has been one of my best months for photographing the full moon , with some of my favorites coming from this month. Some of the names are quite wonderful, too — Moon of the Ripening, Moon When Cherries Turn Black, and Dog Days Moon I particularly like. I’ve included a few photographs from my series here, and enjoy the real thing tonight and tomorrow!

“Moon of the Ripening I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Dog Days Moon IV”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Cutter Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Corn Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

June 2018 Full Moon

“Summer Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

June’s full moon is almost upon us, with the time of the full moon being tomorrow night (technically just after midnight on Thursday morning, all times Eastern and in Maine). Moonrise on Wednesday, July 27th will be at about 7:55 pm, about 30 minutes before sunset, so moon viewing (and photographing) should be good. In scenarios like this with moonrise coming well before sunset, we’ll get the more pastel colors rather than the colors of night (like we’ll get Thursday night).

I’ve been surprisingly unsuccessful with June full moons, though my Summer Moons included in this post from an earlier June are some of my favorites. Other years have been a bit of a washout because of weather, travel, and myriad other reasons. Other common North American names for this moon are the Flower Moon, Strawberry Moon, Rose Moon, and Green Corn Moon, all representative of early summer.

You can see my full moon project on my website if you’d like to see more…

“Summer Moon III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Summer Moon IX”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

May 2018 Full Moon

 

“Buddha Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Today is May’s full moon – moonrise tonight should be a great viewing and photography opportunity if you are so inclined. Here in midcoast Maine, moonrise will be at 8:11 pm and sunset at 8:10 pm.

Photographs from my Adventures in Celestial Mechanics series of previous May full moons are included here. Enjoy!

“Milk Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Bright Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.