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.

Autumnal Equinox Update: Critical Mass, Lenscratch, and more

“Buddha Moon III”, Copyright 2017. All Rights Reserved.

Happy Autumnal Equinox! I’d like to mention a few events as of late…first up is that today my Harmony of the Spheres project was featured on the Lenscratch blog as part of Art + Science week! I’m incredibly excited to be in included as part of this series.

I was also just named one of the Critical Mass finalists for my Adventures in Celestial Mechanics series, with the final 50 being announced next month. You can see the work I submitted and find out more here.

I’m slowly starting to update my website again as well…first up is my new Euclidean Sonata as part of my Harmony of the Spheres project, which you can see here. Let me know what you think of this new piece in cyanotype.

And my last update is that my gaggle of printers has a new member now…as of last night, my new Epson P9000 is up and running. The fate of my now two at least partially broken Epson 9900’s is still in play. I’ll have more thoughts about this newest generation of Epson printer once I have more chance to use it.

The new P9000 on the left, the older 9900’s on the right.

 

September 2017 Full Moon Tonight

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

September’s full moon is today (though if you live near me in Maine, you won’t get to see it because of cloud cover). You can see moonrise of the full moon tonight at 7:30 pm based on Maine if the clouds do break.

This year’s September full moon should likely be considered the Harvest Moon, perhaps the most famous of all full moon names. The Harvest Moon in North American culture is typically the full moon closest in time to the autumnal equinox, and it is a close call this year between this full moon and the next one in October – in most places this year the September Moon will be the Harvest Moon (and October would then be the Hunter’s Moon).

September has been one of most productive months over the years for me in photographing the full moon (as part of my Adventures in Celestial Mechanics series). Other names I’ve used are the Rice Moon, the Moon of Plenty, the Chestnut Moon, and the Dancing Moon – I’ve included a few here in this post.

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

June 2017 Full Moon

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

It is that time again – June’s full moon is overnight tonight (technically the moment is tomorrow morning), so there will be good viewing (and photographing) of it tonight, tomorrow morning, and tomorrow evening. Moonrise tonight is at 7:22 pm (with sunset at 8:18 pm, all times for midcoast Maine), moonset tomorrow is 5:15 am, and moonrise tomorrow is 8:16 pm.

Looking back through my files, I was surprised to see I only had one really good June for photographing for my Adventures in the Celestial Mechanics series. I’ll share 4 photographs from June 2013 here in this post of the Summer Moon. Other popular names for the June full moon are the Rose Moon and Flower Moon, for reasons that are likely obvious if you are in North America.

Good viewing!

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

April 2017 Full Moon

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

I just wanted to quickly note that tonight is the full moon for April 2017. For Northern Hemisphere cultures, the April moon usually results in names related to spring, growth, or rebirth. I’ve used Egg Moon, Spring Moon, and Fish Moon (referring to shad moving upstream to spawn), and other common names are Pink Moon (referring to wild ground phlox), Growing Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, and the like.

If you live here in Maine and would like to watch moonrise tonight, you can see it at 7:44 pm (after sunset at 7:15 pm), and moonset will be tomorrow morning at 6:28 am. And keep an eye out for Jupiter, too — last night it was very close to the moon!

“Egg Moon II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Spring Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Spring Moon II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

March 2017 Full Moon

“Moon When Eyes Are Sore From Bright Snow I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

The full moon for March 2017 is coming up tomorrow morning! You’ll have a good chance tonight with moonrise at 4:47 pm and sunset at 5:37 pm, as well as tomorrow morning’s moonset at 5:01 am. Tomorrow’s moonrise at 6:51 pm, just after sunset at 6:38 pm, might even be better (all times for midcoast Maine). (N.B. Note the times are much later because of the time change!).

March has been a great month for me in year’s past, and I’ve included some of my favorites here. The March full moon is of course known by many names across different cultures, and one of my favorite names is from the Dakota Sioux, who called it the Moon When Eyes Hurt from Bright Snow. Other popular names for this moon include the Algonquin names Full Worm Moon and Sugar Moon, as well as the English Chaste Moon and the Colonial American Lenten Moon.

“Chaste Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Chaste Moon V”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Lenten Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Lenten Moon IV”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Moon of Wakening II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

February 2017 Full Snow Moon

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

Well, this snuck up on me this month – today is the February’s full moon, commonly called the Snow Moon (which is very appropriate for weather right now in New England). I’ve not actually used that name for my past photographs of the February moon, going with Hunger Moon, Trapper’s Moon, Bone Moon, Storm Moon, and the Quiet Moon.

This month’s full moon comes with a penumbral eclipse, too — which basically means that the moon will appear a bit less bright than normal. This is not a full eclipse so you won’t see the Blood Moon kind of look, but you should be able to notice that the moon is dimmer than normal, particularly on the top/north side of the moon. The peak of the eclipse is 7:44 pm Eastern, and it starts and ends about 2 hours on both sides of that.

Here in midcoast Maine, moonrise will be at 4:50 pm with sunset at 4:59 pm.

Below I’ve included a few other February full moons from my full moon series.

“Bone Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Quiet Moon IV”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Storm Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Trapper’s Moon III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.