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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Tomorrow (January 12th) is the full moon and we may have a bit of a break in the weather here in Maine to actually see it. The moment of the full moon will occur tomorrow morning at 6:33 am (all times Eastern US). Tonight will actually be your best chance weather-wise here in Maine to view the full moon, with moonrise occurring at 3:50 pm and sunset following at 4:18 pm.
If you are lucky enough to be able to see past the atmosphere tomorrow, moonrise will be at 4:55 pm here in midcoast Maine (after sunset).
The most common name for January’s full moon is the Wolf Moon, named for the time of year when food and game were scarce and wolves roamed the snowy landscape. Other names that I’ve used for my full moon photographs in past years include the Quiet Moon, Moon of the Strong Cold, and the Great Spirit Moon. I’ve included a few past January moons here in this post, and you can see more of my Adventures in Celestial Mechanics project here.
December’s full moon is almost upon us, with the moment of the full moon coming at 7:05 pm on Tuesday, December 13th. It’s snowing right now but it should be clear tomorrow night for those hoping to view or photograph it. Moonrise tomorrow night will be at 4:11 pm and sunset at 3:57 pm (!) so it should be great viewing.
I’ve created some of my favorite photographs in my Adventures in Celestial Mechanics series documenting the full moon in December. Not surprisingly, North American names for the December full moon focused on the upcoming winter: Cold Moon, Long Nights Moon (one of my favorite all-time names), Winter Maker Moon, and Christmas Moon are all names I’ve used for different moons over the years.
This post includes some of my December full moons from years past, and you can see more of the series at my website. Good luck if you head out to watch the full moon this week!
November’s full moon is coming up on Monday morning and it should be a great one. I’m a bit cautious in hyping the supermoons as they really aren’t much visibly larger than a “regular” full moon — usually they appear about 10% or 12% larger (this one more like 15% larger), and most people won’t even notice the difference. There is a great comparison photo at this link showing how little the apparent size actually varies.
A supermoon is basically a full moon that appears when the moon is closer than average in distance from the Earth. Since the moon orbits the Earth in an ellipse rather than a circle, there will be times when it is closer and and other times when it is further than average, making the moon appear larger or smaller, respectively. It is not a dramatic difference, but it is definitely a good excuse to get out there and enjoy watching moonrise or moonset of the supermoon.
The difference between this month and a typical supermoon is not humongous, but it is noteworthy, as it will appear larger than any full moon in the last 68 years (and bigger than any upcoming ones until 2034).
On Monday, moonset will be 6:15 am and moonrise will be at 4:45 pm (37 minutes after sunset). Moonrise Sunday night should be a good opportunity, too, with moonrise at 4:02 pm just before sunset.
The most common name for the November full moon is the Algonquin name, the Beaver Moon. Other names are the Frost or Frosty Moon and the Dark Moon. If you’d like to see my long-term full moon project, you can find it here. Good luck!
I’m a bit late in posting this, so I’ll keep this short — October’s full moon is coming up this weekend. Technically the moment of the full moon is just after midnight Saturday night/Sunday morning, so there should be good viewing opportunities all weekend.
Saturday night moonrise here in Maine is at 5:56 pm, just after sunset at 5:51 pm, which is a great opportunity for the rising full moon and the landscape in the same photograph.
The October Full Moon is often called the Hunter’s Moon in years when the Harvest Moon is in September. Other names I love are The Moon of Falling Leaves, Moon of the Ripening, and the Wine Moon.