Reuters Toby Melville
Astronomy fans are preparing to follow a celestial event early next week that won’t miss the appearance of the full moon, known as the beaver moon.
The next full moon will bear other names, including the cold moon, the frost moon, the winter moon, and others, and the full moon will peak in the early morning hours of Monday, November 30.
For example, if you look from London, the full moon will peak at around 9:29 am GMT.
“The moon will appear full around this time for about three days, from Saturday evening to Tuesday morning,” said Gordon Johnston, a NASA lunar expert.
Observing this full moon is interesting because it will partially pass through Earth’s shadow, as about 83% of the moon will pass through Earth’s faintest shadows in what is known as a semi-shadow eclipse.
Why is the full moon in November called a beaver moon?
Throughout the year, there are between 12 and 13 full-fledged moons, all of which have unusual names.
Some of these names are related to the time recording traditions of the Native Americans, who called the phases of the full moon after seasonal changes in the landscape.
The beaver moon is believed to be named after beavers that start preparing for winter at this time of year.
November’s full moon will be close enough to reflect the sun so that it passes through Earth’s partial shadow, and with 83% of the moon in partial shade at 4:44 a.m., the semi-paranormal eclipse will reach its peak.
It is possible that the darkening of the moon during this eclipse would not be noticeable without special devices, but for spacecraft on the moon like the Moon Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), the solar dip will be noticeable.
According to NASA, the beaver moon will be the last full moon in the fall, and it explained that the Algonquin tribes in what is now known in the north and east of the United States are the ones who called this moon the cold moon, because of its long and cold nights, but the December moon is actually the one known as the Moon Mostly Cold, which will be the last full moon in 2020 to appear on December 29.