MOon TAlk

MOon TAlk

So you think you know all there is to know about the moon...

Think again.

This past Friday we just had a “micromoon.”  It’s when the moon is at it's farthest point away from the Earth.  Unlike the "Supermoon" which occurs when the moon is at perigee — its closest point to Earth.  When the moon is at perigee, it pulls the shit out of ocean tides as well as looks neat as shit.  The Supermoon is the "Vampire" moon you see in the movies.  

 So what's up with this "micromoon?"  

Micromoon is the opposite.  It occurs at apogee — when the moon is furthest from Earth — which can reduce the variation in spring tides by 2 inches.  The micromoon appears about 14% smaller than supermoons, and sometime seems dimmer, since the area illuminated by the sun appears 30% smaller.

What's this mean to you and me?  Well, less moon, less moon-type shit happens.  So, you probably won't even notice... or will you.  

 here are the traditional names for each month's full moon, starting with this month.

September: Harvest Moon, Corn Moon, Barley Moon

September: Harvest Moon, Corn Moon, Barley Moon
Amish people harvest corn in Maryland.
Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Over the millenia, this full moon has signified to farmers that it's time to finish harvesting corn and other crops for the winter. It sometimes occurs in October, but is always the moon closest to the autumnal equinox.
Because the harvest moon rises with the setting sun, it looks larger than usual. These bright moonlit nights give farmers a little extra time to harvest their crops.
The next ones: September 13, 2019; October 1, 2020

October: Hunter's Moon, Blood Moon

October: Hunter's Moon, Blood Moon
A man shoots at pheasants flying overhead during a pheasant hunt in Stokenchurch, southern England.
The leaves have fallen, the deer are fat, and animals are coming into the harvested fields to eat what's left of the grain. Historically, hunters took advantage of October to store meat for the winter.
The next one: October 13, 2019

November: Beaver Moon, Frosty Moon

November: Beaver Moon, Frosty Moon
A Canadian beaver chews through a tree in Gatineau Park, Quebec.
Wikimedia Commons
Beavers are preparing for winter, and so are trappers. This moon signaled trap-setting time, to catch beavers and secure a supply of warm furs before the swamps froze for the winter.
The next one: November 12, 2019

December: Cold Moon, Long Night's Moon

December: Cold Moon, Long Night's Moon
The moon sets behind a mountain at sunrise in Lake Louise, Alberta on December 2, 2009.
December has the longest, darkest nights of the year, and the moon sits above the horizon longer than usual. It's also cold.
Some Europeans and their descendants in North America called it the "moon before Yule."
The next one: December 12, 2019

January: Wolf Moon, Old Moon, Ice Moon

In midwinter, the story goes, hungry wolves would gather outside villages in North America and medieval Europe, and howl deep into the night.
This one was sometimes called the "moon after Yule."
The next one: January 10, 2020

February: Snow Moon, Hunger Moon

February: Snow Moon, Hunger Moon
The full "Snow" moon rises above the Hudson River and the town of Irvington in Westchester County, New York on February 3, 2015.
Mike Segar/REUTERS
In North America, February marks the depths of winter ,when snow blankets the ground and food is hard to come by. Because it's a shorter month, some years February doesn't have a full moon at all.
The next one: February 9, 2020

March: Worm Moon, Sap Moon, Crow Moon

March: Worm Moon, Sap Moon, Crow Moon
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker urges sap to come out of a maple tree after he tapped it during an event to kick off maple syrup month at Hollis Hill Farm in Fitchburg, Massachusetts March 6, 2015.
REUTERS/Brian Snyder
The air is getting warmer and earthworms emerge from the ground, inviting the robins to return for the feast. Maple trees are ripe for tapping, and the crows' cawing heralds the end of winter. European settlers with religious calendars called it the Lenten moon.
The next one: March 9, 2020

April: Pink Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon, Fish Moon

April: Pink Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon, Fish Moon
Phlox flowers bloom in early spring.
Wikimedia Commons
The pink moon is named for the pink phlox flowers burst with fresh blooms in spring. The grass sprouts, birds fill their nests with eggs, and fish swim upstream to spawn.
The next one: April 7, 2020

May: Flower Moon, Planting Moon

The flowers bloom in May, and it's time to sow crops again.
The next one: May 7, 2020

June: Strawberry Moon, Rose Moon, Hot Moon

June: Strawberry Moon, Rose Moon, Hot Moon
A family picks strawberries at the Legare Farm Stand in Calais, Vermont, Thursday, June 21, 2007.
AP Photo/Toby Talbot
Strawberries ripen for picking in June. Europeans dubbed this the rose moon, and other cultures called it the hot moon for the summer heat ahead.
The next one: June 5, 2020

July: Buck Moon, Thunder Moon, Hay Moon

July: Buck Moon, Thunder Moon, Hay Moon REUTERS/Toby Melville
Deer grow new, velevty antlers this month, and thunderstorms rage aplenty. For Anglo-Saxons, July was all about hay.
The next one: July 5, 2020

August: Sturgeon Moon, Red Moon

August: Sturgeon Moon, Red Moon
Virginia Commonwealth University graduate student Matt Balazik, gets ready to toss a 70-lb Atlantic sturgeon into the James River near Charles City, Virginia, October 8, 2010.
AP Photo/Steve Helber
Tribes of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain knew this was the best time to catch sturgeon, an enormous, hearty fish. Some people think the moon looks reddish this month in the heat.
The next one: August 3, 2020

Blue moons are like special bonuses, occurring every two or three years when a month or season has one extra full moon.

When an astronomical season (the time between solstice and equinox) has four full moons instead of the normal three, the third one is a seasonal blue moon.
When a calendar month has two full moons, the second one is a monthly blue moon. That happens because the lunar month is only 29 days long, while the Gregorian calendar month is usually 30 or 31 days long.
The moon doesn't actually appear blue on these special occasions. The moon appears blue very rarely, regardless of its phase, when dust or smoke particles of a particular size cloud the atmosphere after forest fires, volcanic eruptions, or dust storms.
The next seasonal blue moon: August 22, 2021
The next monthly blue moon: October 31, 2020

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