November Full Moon 2017: Almost-Super Beaver Moon Occults Aldebaran
October 14, 2017 - Supermoon
The full Beaver Moon will light adult a night sky on Nov. 4, and customarily skip being a “supermoon” as it passes into a constellation Cetus on a approach between Pisces and Aries.
This full moon happens customarily before a moon reaches perigee, a closest stretch to Earth. When a moon becomes strictly full on Saturday, Nov. 4, during 1:22 a.m. EDT (0522 GMT), it will be 226,179 miles (364,004 kilometers) divided from Earth. It will strech perigee on Sunday (Nov. 5) during 7:10 p.m. EDT (0010 GMT), when a moon is customarily 224,587 miles (361,438 kilometers) away.
A supermoon is tangible as a full moon that occurs when a moon is during perigee. So, if a Beaver Moon were to come customarily one day later, it would be a “super” Beaver Moon. [Supermoon Secrets: 7 Surprising Big Moon Facts]
In New York City, a moon will arise Friday (Nov. 3) during 5:57 p.m. internal time and set a subsequent day (Nov. 4) during 7:40 a.m., according to timeanddate.com. Since a object will arise during 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 4 in New York City, if we are nearby a prosaic environment (or observation from a rooftop or a high building), a full moon and a object will quickly share a sky.
Situated in Cetus
The full moon’s trail by a sky won’t pass by any of a 12 constellations of the normal zodiac. This happens since a ecliptic — a apparent trail that a sun, moon and planets take opposite a sky — passes customarily a entertain of a grade from a range of a nonzodiac constellation Cetus, a Sea Monster.
Constellation boundaries, set by a International Astronomical Union, don’t customarily conform to a aged zodiacal signs. So, even when a moon is in a constellation Cetus, normal astrology would place it in a pointer of Taurus.
Because a moon’s circuit is prone 5 degrees to a ecliptic, it’s not surprising that it would trip into that constellation; a identical materialisation happens with some summer full moons that pass into Ophiuchus, that isn’t a partial of a zodiac either. [How a Ecliptic and a Zodiac Work]
A stellar occultation
Besides flitting into Cetus, a Moon will also pass in front of Aldebaran, a brightest star in Taurus, on a nights of Nov. 5 to 6, customarily after it becomes full. When one astronomical physique blocks another, it is called an occultation. This eventuality will be manifest from most of a eastern half of a United States, and observers as distant south as Miami will be means to locate it. People in a western corner of a zone, where a occultation is visible, will locate a latter half as it starts before moonrise.
In Europe, a southernmost areas where skywatchers will be means to see a occultation of Aldebaran will be in Paris and Munich. Farther east, a moon will be environment before it finishes flitting in front of Aldebaran.
For New York City, a occultation will start during 8:01 p.m. and finish during 8:56 p.m. Chicagoans will see it start during 7:03 p.m. internal time and finish during about 7:55 p.m. From New Orleans, viewers will customarily see a finish of a occultation during 7:38 p.m. internal time, as Aldebaran will already be behind a moon when it rises. In Miami, Aldebaran disappears during 7:50 p.m. internal time and reappears during 8:27 p.m.
On a other side of a Atlantic, Londoners will see Aldebaran disappear behind a moon during 2:38 a.m. internal time and reappear during 3:23 a.m. Parisians will locate it during 3:51 a.m.; it will finish during 4:20 a.m. (To find out if and when we can see this occultation, check out this occultation timetable.)
Beavers (and bears) prop for winter
According to a Old Farmer’s Almanac, a name of a full moon in Nov is “Full Beaver Moon”; that is when beavers turn active as they get prepared for winter.
Many of a “traditional” full moon names were associated to local peoples in northeastern North America. According to a Ontario Native Literacy Coalition, a Ojibwe called it Mnidoons Giizisoonhg, a Little Spirit Moon. For a Ojibwe, it was a twelfth month, and it was a time for devout thoughtfulness forward of a new year.
In a Pacific Northwest, a Tlingit called it Kukahaa Dís, a Scraping Moon, as it occurs when bears would start to ready their dens. A adjacent group, a Haida call it Cha’aaw Kungaay, or “bears hibernate.”
In a southern hemisphere, Nov outlines late spring. The Māori of New Zealand described a lunar months in Oct to Nov as Whiringa-ā-rangi, or “It has now turn summer, and a object has acquired strength,” according to a Encyclopedia of New Zealand.
In China, a normal lunar calendar outlines a Nov lunation as a ninth month. (This was loyal in a west as well; a really name “November” means ninth month – starting a year in Jan was a post-medieval invention.) Called Júyuè, Chrysanthemum month, it’s named for a lush of a eponymous flower.