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Full Hunter’s Moon Update – October 15, 9:23 PM PDT

October 14, 2016

Here’s another update from SMBAS Blog on that large, disc-like, shining object which has frequently and mysteriously appeared in our nighttime sky this year (some call it the moon).

Full Hunter's Moon (Laura Stoeker, Daily Herald)

Full Hunter’s Moon (Laura Stoeker, Daily Herald)

Oct. 15, 9:23 p.m. PDT — Full Hunter’s Moon.   With the leaves falling and the deer fattened, it is time to hunt.   Since the fields have been reaped, hunters can ride over the stubble, and can more easily see the foxes and other animals that have come out to glean and can be caught for a Thanksgiving banquet after the harvest.

Month Moon Names from other cultures (Courtesy of Keith Cooley):
Chinese: Kindly Moon; Celtic: Harvest Moon; English Medieval: Blood Moon

Eclipses: Their will be no more lunar eclipses in North America until Feb. 10, 2017. Don’t miss the upcoming total solar eclipse, passing through Oregon on August 21, 2017, 9:45 AM, and lasting about 2 minutes, 40 seconds. This is the first North American total solar eclipse since 1979.

A Man in the Moon? – We in the west see a human face in the full moon, but the Chinese see a rabbit. If you gaze at the moon for a while , you can replace the face with a rabbit.  Once you can do that, switch it back and forth between rabbit and man.  See how quickly you can do it.  No, it will not turn you into a lunatic. Pareidolia is the term for “perceiving familiar patterns where none actually exists.” We all do this when we see elephants in clouds, the Virgin Mary in a wall stain, rocks that look like heads, or hear voices when wind rustles the leaves. It’s when you begin believing it’s actually there and it’s a message meant for you, that the trouble begins.

Note: Pacific Daylight Time ends November 2, 2014 at 2 AM (becoming 1 AM).

The Old Farmer’s Almanac has a page for each full moon. One tip: harvest your belowground crops on the 25th and 26th. Now you know, so you have no excuse.

The next significant full moon will occur on Nov. 14, 5:52 a.m. PST.   Keep an eye on this spot for additional late-breaking news on this unprecedented event.

The moon name information comes to you courtesy of: written by Joe Rao.   Joe Rao serves as an instructor and guest lecturer at New York’s Hayden Planetarium. He writes about astronomy for Natural History magazine, the Farmer’s Almanac and other publications, and he is also an on-camera meteorologist for News 12 Westchester, N.Y.

But that’s waaay too long to type in, and besides, you don’t need to go there because SMBAS has done the work for you!
[Chuck Almdale]

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    October 23, 2016 2:30 pm

    Hello, Chukar! When we lived in Taiwan, I learned about Chang-O, the moon goddess. Apparently she is more commonly called Chang-e by mainland Chinese and others.  Here are two links to information about her:'e

    You can discern her in a full moon by  looking for the sweep of her gown and the peak of her hairdo.
    Your fan, Gisela Moriarty


    • Chukar permalink*
      October 25, 2016 11:55 am

      Thanks, Gisela:
      I particularly like the beautiful painting displayed on the Wikipedia site. I’ll probably “borrow” it for my next go-around on the full moon reports, scheduled for 2018. Next year we do the solstices & equinoxes. I, by the way, enjoyed finding the rabbit in the moon – it didn’t look like I expected to look although until I found it, I wasn’t aware that I was expecting anything in particular. I’ll have to look for Chang-O.

      Taiwan is a great place to bird, and if one wants to sample an incredible variety of steamed rolls and delicious tofu, it’s the place to go! Chukar


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