November’s full beaver moon is going to give stargazers a treat for the ages.
The full moon crests on Friday, November 23 at 9:39 p.m. PST.
Since the moon will be opposite to the sun on this day of the lunar month, the moon is fully illuminated and rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. Full moons during the winter months in North America “climb as high in the sky as the summer noonday sun, and cast similar shadows” according to Space.
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November’s full Moon was named the Beaver Moon by both the Algonquin tribes and colonial Americans. The Native Americans used the monthly moons and nature’s signs as a sort of calendar to track the seasons.
But why “Beaver” moon?
Once upon a time, November was the month to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs.
The November full Moon was also referred to as the Full Frost Moon by other Native American tribes.
The best spots to view the harvest moon would be a park or another spot outside of the city area such as Porteau Cove. It’s important to ensure that there’s enough darkness to see the full display.
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