If you think the Moon is growing in size in the month of November, you’re not entirely wrong. While the Moon won’t actually be getting any bigger, it will appear the largest in the sky since 1949. It’s the Mega Beaver Moon, and we’ll be broadcasting it live here on Slooh.
A Mega Moon occurs when the Moon reaches the point in its orbit that is closest to the Earth. During that time, the Moon appears up to 14% larger than when it is at its furthest. During our live show, Slooh Astronomer, Bob Berman, will talk all about this phenomenon, and help us understand why the Moon hasn’t appeared this large in such a long time.
We’re also teaming up with our partners at The Old Farmer’s Almanac to learn how this particular Moon got it’s unique name. According to TOFA, this Moon was named the Beaver Moon partly because, “for both the colonists and the Algonquin tribes, this was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs.”
This Moon also goes by a few other names. We’ll be joined by Janice Stillman, Editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, to discuss the folklore associated with the November Moon.
Image Credit: Barbara McGeachen