The next Full Moon to grace the night skies with its presence is the beautiful Beaver Moon. Traditionally, the Beaver Moon is also sometimes known as the Frost Moon or the Snow Moon. But whatever the case may be, astronomers recognise it as the Full Moon to appear in November.
When is the November Full Beaver Moon this year?
The Beaver Moon is the 11th of this year’s 12 Full Moons and space agency NASA expects the Full Moon to appear around mid-November.
Last year, the Beaver Moon made an appearance on the night of November 22, 2018.
Next year, astronomers predict the Full Moon will arrive on November 30, 2020.
This year, however, the Beaver Moon will shine brightly on the night of Tuesday, November 12.
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NASA’s Gordon Johnston said: “The next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon, the Frost or Frosty Moon, the Snow Moon, Kartik Purnima, the Moon of the Boun That Luang Festival and Il Poya.
“The next Full Moon will be on Tuesday morning, November 12, 2019, appearing ‘opposite’ the Sun at 8.34am EST.
“The Moon will appear full for about three days centred on this time, from Sunday evening through Wednesday morning – and possibly early Wednesday evening.”
Here in the UK, the Moon is expected to reach peak illumination around 1.34pm GMT.
If you look at the skies tonight (November 11) the Moon might already seem full but it is in its Waxing Gibbous stage at 99 percent illumination.
What is the meaning behind the Beaver Moon’s unusual name?
The next Full Moon will be on Tuesday morning, November 12
Gordon Johnston, NASA
According to NASA, the Beaver Moon can trace its name back to the Maine Farmer’s Almanac in the 1930s.
The Moon’s full phases would be named after the changing seasons and how the landscape reflected these changes.
Mr Johnston said: “According to this almanac, the Algonquin tribes of what is now the northern and eastern United States named the Full Moon in October or the second Full Moon of the Fall season the Beaver Moon.
“One interpretation is that mid-Fall was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze to ensure a supply of warm winter furs.
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“Another interpretation suggests that the name Beaver Moon came from how active the beavers were in this season as they prepared for winter.”
Other names, such as Frosty Moon, suggest the Moon signalled the rapid approach of winter.
Following the same naming convention, the Strawberry Moon in May is named after ripening wild strawberries.
The Pink Moon in April is named after a type of pink wildflower sprouting around the time of spring.
But there are other interesting stories and traditions to go along with the November Full Moon.
Mr Johnston said: “As the Full Moon – Purnima – in the month of Kartik, this Full Moon – Kartik Purnima – is celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs – each for different reasons.
“In Laos, this Full Moon corresponds with the Boun That Luang Festival, a three-day celebration of the oldest and most highly acclaimed of the Buddhist temples in Laos Pha That Luang, located in the Capital city Vientiane.”
In Sri Lanka, Mr Johnston said the Full Moon marks the Il Poya national holiday.
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