Hunter’s Moon, Harvest Moon, Blood Moon, October Moon

Big Sable Moon Rise, photo by Mi Bob The Farmer’s Almanac says that October’s moon is the Full Hunter’s Moon or Full Harvest Moon: This full Moon is often referred to as the Full Hunter’s Moon, Blood Moon, or Sanguine Moon. Many moons ago, Native Americans named this bright moon for obvious reasons. The leaves … Continue reading Hunter’s Moon, Harvest Moon, Blood Moon, October Moon

September’s Full Moon … and lighting the Grand Rapids sky

Downtown Grand Rapids, photo by NightFox Photography The autumnal equinox happened on Saturday, making the full moon that will rise this Sunday, September 30th the Harvest Moon. It’s also known as the Wine Moon, the Singing Moon (Celtic), Barley Moon (Old English) and the Elk Call Moon. This weekend the skies of Grand Rapids will … Continue reading September’s Full Moon … and lighting the Grand Rapids sky

Blue Moon: Apollo 15 and the University of Michigan

Apollo 15: Irwin Scoops up Soil, photo by NASA on The Commons Over on Absolute Michigan we have a feature on the all-UM crew of the Apollo 15 that includes a great video. You can see a lot more images from the Apollo 15 mission from NASA. Here’s their caption for this photo: This frame from … Continue reading Blue Moon: Apollo 15 and the University of Michigan

What do you call a Full Moon in June: Strawberry Moon or the Moon of Horses?

June 12 Moon, photo by ShaneWyatt June’s moon is full today (June 4, 2012) at 11:12 am. The Farmer’s Almanac page on Full Moon names says the Strawberry Moon was universal to every Algonquin tribe because the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries comes each year during the month of June. In colonial times and … Continue reading What do you call a Full Moon in June: Strawberry Moon or the Moon of Horses?

May 2012 Full Moon is a Perigee “Super Moon”

House in the Dunes, photo by CJSmith (OutofChicago.com) According to NASA, at 11:34 PM EDT tonight (Saturday, May 5) the largest moon of the year will become full. It’s a perigee full moon aka a “super moon.” NASA has a great ScienceCast video about the Perigee “Super Moon” that explains it all. It begins: The … Continue reading May 2012 Full Moon is a Perigee “Super Moon”

Pink Moon, Planter’s Moon, Seed Moon, April Full Moon

Almost There…, photo by Kenneh Raymond The moon is officially full today at 4:19 PM. The Old Farmer’s Almanac says that April’s full moon is the: Full Pink Moon This name came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names for this … Continue reading Pink Moon, Planter’s Moon, Seed Moon, April Full Moon

Snow Crust Moon, Dragon Moon, Fish Moon, March’s Moon

Super Moon Rising, photo by Kevin’s Stuff Last year at this time we were heralding the Super Moon, the biggest full moon in 20 years.  March’s full moon is officially full tomorrow morning at 9:39 AM, so tonight and tomorrow night are both full moon nights. For the Chinese, this is the Dragon Moon and as … Continue reading Snow Crust Moon, Dragon Moon, Fish Moon, March’s Moon

Snow Moon, Hunger Moon, Trapper’s Moon, February Full Moon

February Full Moon, photo by Kevin’s Stuff Tonight is February’s full moon. The Old Farmer’s Almanac says that Full Snow Moon was the common name of February’s full moon: Since the heaviest snow usually falls during this month, native tribes of the north and east most often called February’s full Moon the Full Snow Moon. … Continue reading Snow Moon, Hunger Moon, Trapper’s Moon, February Full Moon

Old Moon, January Moon, Wolf Moon … and wolves in Michigan

January full moon, photo by KatheD Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January’s full Moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied … Continue reading Old Moon, January Moon, Wolf Moon … and wolves in Michigan