The Full Moon on a Friday 13th is a rare occurrence. The last time, we had a Full Moon on a Friday 13th, was back in October 2000. The next time will take even longer, almost 30 years, in August 2049. Today’s Full Moon is also an apogee Moon with a distance of 252,511 miles (406,377 km). This is called a “Micromoon” and looks approximately 14% smaller than a “Supermoon”. The illuminated area also appears about 30% smaller, so it might look less bright in tonight’s sky. The next Full Micromoon will occur on October 1st, 2020, and then on Halloween 2020.
“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” ~ Carl Sagan
Sturgeon Moon, Grain Moon, Green Corn 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.
Last night, while I’ve waited for Katelynn to come home from Band Camp, I spent some time outside in the frontyard. Right now, the Moon is at its waxing crescent stage, while Jupiter and Saturn are bright in the sky next to the constellations Scorpius and Sagittarius. Unfortunately, due the high light pollution in the suburbs of Dallas, my camera can’t catch all the stars of Sagittarius. But it still shows a good portion of it, “The Teapot” & “The Teaspoon”. When you have a clear sky, go and take a look tonight. Scorpius and Jupiter can be seen towards south, while Sagittarius or “The Teapot/Teaspoon” and Saturn can be seen southeast. On the photos, I’ve mapped it out for anyone, who is interested to take closer look in the Celestial Sphere. Enjoy stargazing this August! 🌙🔭📡
Today is the 50th Anniversary, when Apollo 11 landed with three Astronauts aboard, on the Moon. On July 20, 1969 at 10:00 PM CST, Neil Armstrong announced, that he would make “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Happy 50th Anniversary, Apollo 11!
🌑🌒🌓🌔 1969 – 2019 🌕🌖🌗🌘
Today is also the 50 Year Anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch to the Moon.