The December Full Moon is a Supermoon.
Technically the Moon won’t be full until 9:47 CST, tomorrow morning. But by that time Luna has set and won’t be visible for us in Texas.
It also will be a Supermoon (Lunar perigee) in the early morning hours of Monday, December 4. The distance between Earth and Moon will be 222135 miles (357,492 km), compared to the Lunar apogee distance of 252526 miles (406,401 km) in June 2017. This explains why the Moon looks so much bigger, when it rises in the December sky this year.
The December Full Moon before Yule (Winter Solstice) is also called Full Cold Moon or Long Nights Moon, because Winter sets in and the nights never seem to end.
In 2017 the Hunter’s Full Moon rises in early November, due to the Harvest Moon was in early October and therefore closest to the Autumnal Equinox. Coincidental, it is the second largest Moon of this year. It will rise ride after sunset, and set at dawn.
Autumn branch silhouette in the Hunter’s Full Moon light. (11-03-2017)
Ha, what a lucky moment: I caught an airplane right in front of the Hunter’s Full Moon, before it landed in the Dallas Love Field Airport. (11-03-2017)
Tonight, the Harvest Full Moon rises in the October night sky. Usually the Harvest Full Moon shines bright in the September sky. But this year, the October Moon is closer to the Autumn Equinox. The Hunter’s Full Moon will appear on November 4, 2017.
Tonight’s Harvest Full Moon (closest to the Autumn Equinox) shines bright in the October night sky.
Autumn begins to arrive in North Texas. The oak leaves dance in the Harvest Full Moon.
Here are a couple more photos, I’ve captured after I brought Sara to school this morning (10-06-2017). The Harvest Moon shined bright in the western skies. It was a beautiful sight.
The Harvest Moon shines bright in the western skies this morning.
August Full Moon with the stars Deneb, Iota and Theta of the constellation Capricorn
The August Full Moon behind the St. Sophia Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church
Sturgeon Moon, Green Corn Moon, Grain Moon, Red Moon
The grain ripens in the fields and the sturgeons become plentiful in the lakes. The Moon takes on a red hue from the Summer haze. It is the beginning of the harvest season and the time to begin preparing for Winter.
The August Full Moon is a time of balance between hope and fear. We have harvested some things but the remaining crops are still in limbo. We take the steps we can to ensure success in our lives while trusting that the universe will meet us halfway.
Strawberry Full Moon (06-09-2017)
Strawberry Moon, Rose Moon, Strong Sun Moon
The leaves on the trees have returned, making the world a lush green. The frantic Spring energy has been replaced by a lazy Summer breeze. The animals go about raising their young as food becomes plentiful.
The June Full Moon is about our dreams and inner visions. The Summer energy calls us to explore, to visit the deep parts of the forest, to listen and connect with our inner voice. It’s a good time to start a dream journal or create art.
Tonight we had a total penumbral eclipse of the Moon, which was visible from the eastern parts of China, Europe, Africa to the Americas in the West. In North Texas it occurred at its maximum at 6:43pm CST.
What is a penumbral eclipse? A total penumbral eclipse is a lunar eclipse that occurs when the moon becomes completely immersed in the penumbral cone of the Earth without touching the umbra. It is a narrow path for the moon to pass within the penumbra and outside the umbra. It can happen on the Earth’s northern or southern penumbral edges.
The Moon minutes before its maximum penumbral eclipse
The Moon at its maximum penumbral eclipse at 6:43pm CST on February 10, 2017
Full Wolf Moon ~ January 2017
Wolf Moon, Old Moon, Ice Moon, Moon After Yule
The frost and snow of Winter tightens its grip on the sleeping landscape. The nights are long and food sources are scarce. In times past the wolves would be hunting around the village’s edge looking for scraps.
The January Full Moon is about protection. This could be anything from checking the batteries in the smoke detector to working on setting better boundaries. It is also a time to look at our habits and limits and adjust those things that do not serve us anymore.
Wolfsmond, Alter Mond, Mond nach Yule
Der Frost und Schnee vom Winter hat die ruhende Landschaft im Griff. Die Naechte sind lang und die Nahrungsresourcen sind knapp. In vergangener Zeit jagten die Woelfe an der Grenze der Siedlung, um nach Abfaellen zu suchen.
Der Januar-Vollmond bedeutet Schutz und Absicherung. Das koennte von der Ueberpruefung der Batterien im Rauchmelder bis hin zu bessere Grenzen zu setzen sein. Es ist auch die Zeit in der wir uns Gedanken ueber unsere Gewohnheiten und Grenzen machen, und die Dinge, die belanglos sind regeln sollten.
Foto: Wolfsvollmond – Januar 2017