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.

Blue Moon, March 2018

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

Tomorrow is the second Blue Moon of 2018, and the last such one until 2020. Here in midcoast Maine, you can see moonrise at 7:18 pm tomorrow night just after sunset at 7:02 pm. The moon doesn’t actually appear blue, of course, but it is the common name for either the second full moon in a month (or fourth in a season).

This moon is also called a Paschal Moon as the first full moon of Spring.

Whatever it is called, enjoy the viewing!

You can see my full moon project at my website here.

Blue Moon Tonight!

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

…and if you are lucky, you saw a lunar eclipse to boot this morning before sunrise/moonset (we were not so lucky here on the East Coast of the US). I’d mention the supermoon aspect, too, but I do think that is a bit overhyped…but it is true that the moon will appear larger and brighter than average tonight.

I should also clarify that the moon will not appear to actually be blue tonight — a blue moon is a matter of frequency, with the second moon of the month or the fourth moon of a season commonly being called a blue moon.

Here in Maine moonrise will be at 5:06 pm, right after sunset at 4:44. Good luck viewing tonight!

Full Moon (Moons!) January 2018

“Great Spirit Moon III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

The first full moon of January 2018 comes tomorrow on New Years Day. This will be one of the rare months when we get two full moons (the second one traditionally called the Blue Moon), and February will be the relatively rare month with no full moon at all.

For January 1st (tomorrow), there should be good moonrise viewing opportunities, with moonrise at 4:03 pm and sunset at 4:08 pm (all times local to midcoast Maine). On January 2nd, moonset at 7:25 am (with sunrise at 7:11 am) should be good, too, though here in Maine that morning will be a bit brisk.

January is a good month for moon names (aren’t they all, though!). As you might expect, moon names based on the Northern Hemisphere tend to be focused on winter, with names like the Wolf Moon, the Moon of the Strong Cold, and the Cold Moon, but there are other lovely names as well such as the Quiet Moon (a Chinese name) and the Great Spirit Moon.

I’ve included a few photographs from previous January full moons here in this post. To see my entire full moon project, please see my website. Enjoy!

“Moon of the Strong Cold”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Quiet Moon III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Wolf Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

December 2017 Full Moon

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

December’s full moon is coming this weekend, with the moment of the full moon at 10:46 am on Sunday, Maine USA time. On Sunday moonset at 6:26 am and moonrise at 4:29 pm (all times local to Camden, Maine) both should be good viewing (and photographing) opportunities.

I’ve had pretty good success as part of my Adventures in Celestial Mechanics series in photographing the December full moon. Some of my favorite names from different cultures have been used for this moon as well, and included here are the Winter Maker Moon, the Long Nights Moon, the Cold Moon, and the Christmas Moon.

Enjoy!

“Christmas Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Cold Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Long Nights Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Winter Maker Moon III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

November 2017 Full Moon

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

November’s full moon is coming soon – tonight (November 2nd, 2017) at 1:22 am, to be more precise (all times midcoast Maine). This evening, moonrise will be at 5:32 pm with sunset at 5:22 pm, making it a great viewing and shooting opportunity, weather permitting. Moonset Saturday morning at 7:25 am and moonrise on Saturday evening at 6:10 pm should be good also.

Some of my favorite full moon photographs from my Adventures in Celestial Mechanics project are from November, and I’ve included a few here. November also has many wonderful names for the full moon from different cultures, such as the Mourning Moon, the Dark Moon, the Kindly Moon, and the Frost Moon. Happy viewing!

“Mourning Moon II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Mourning Moon III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Kindly Moon II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Frost Moon III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Frost Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Dark Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

October 2017 Full Moon

“Sanguine Moon III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved. Borestone Mountain, Maine

I’m a bit late in posting this, so I’ll keep this short — October’s full moon is coming up this week on Wednesday night. Technically the moment of the full moon is early Thursday morning, which means there will be good full moon viewing opportunities both on Wednesday and Thursday.

Moonrise on Wednesday is at 5:59 pm (all times midcoast Maine), moonset on Thursday morning is 6:11 am, and moonrise on Thursday at 6:30 pm.

The October Full Moon is often called the Hunter’s Moon in years when the Harvest Moon is in September (this year is somewhat in dispute as in some locations this is a Harvest Moon, and in others it is a Hunter’s Moon, because the full moon time is right on the edge). Other names I love are The Moon of Falling Leaves, Moon of the Ripening, Dying Grass Moon, and the Wine Moon.

You’ll find in this post some of my photographs from previous October full moons, and you can see my full moon project on my website here.

Enjoy!

“Corn Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Moon of the Ripening II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Long Grass Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Dying Grass Moon III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Chestnut Moon II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Moonrise, Penobscot Bay”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Hunter’s Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.