November 2016 Full Moon

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

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!

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