November 7, 2022
November 8, 2022, In the wee hours of the morning …….
Flambé is going celestial. Being a Kat of the night, she has decided to pull an “all nighter” and enjoy the early morning viewing of this month’s full moon ….. aka Frost Moon or Beaver Moon. And a special treat! The full moon will become a “blood red moon” by going total eclipse in the sky over her backyard. She’s warned me there might be howling in store. Bring it on Kat …… I’ll be right there beside you with a lot of oohh’s and aahh’s of my own!
Naming a Full Moon
Seems that every full moon has a one or more names1; many named by Native Americans and pioneers based on recurring natural events. I consulted the Farmer’s Almanac to learn more about the name origins of this month’s FROST MOON or BEAVER MOON:
The November full moon is sometimes referred to as the Frost Moon, perhaps because bitter hard frosts happen more frequently during this month signaling winter is coming soon.
But more often the full moon in November is known as the Beaver Moon because busy beavers can be seen along river and stream banks, collecting wood to shore up their lodges and dams before hard winter ice sets in. This was also the time Native American tribes and later European settlers set beaver traps to ensure a supply of warm furs for winter.
The Lunar Eclipse
A lunar eclipse can happen only during a full moon; when the sun fully illuminates its surface. Usually, a full moon has no eclipse because its orbit is on a slightly different plane than the Earth and sun. But during those times when the planes coincide, Earth passes in between the Moon and sun cutting off illuminating sunlight and causing an eclipse.
This happens on November 8th, when in the wee morning hours of the morning a total lunar eclipse will be visible from parts of North and South America, east Asia, Australia, the Pacific Ocean and northern Europe.
This total lunar eclipse is also known as a “Blood Moon2.” But why this name? While the name has no special astronomical significance, it’s all about what you see when the Moon is eclipsing; our brilliant white Moon becomes red or ruddy brown in color as the shadow of the Earth passes over it.
This will be our last total lunar eclipse until March 14, 2025. Yikes! So don’t miss it!
Click on this link to see where and when you can view the November 8th lunar eclipse: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2022-november-8
1The curious and wonderful names given to full moons seem to reflect Northern hemisphere phenomenon. Of course this raises a question! What names, if any, have been given by viewers of the Southern hemisphere’s full moons?
2For more interesting stuff about eclipses see: https://www.space.com/39471-what-is-a-blood-moon.html
As always, Flambé invites you to follow her Zentangle-inspired antics (ZIAs) by visiting her page called Tangled Up, to see what trouble she always seems to find, past and present.
Wonderful post. Always love your work, Barb.
Thanks so much, and many thanks for following!
It’s always a pleasure to look at your lovely work and learn new things about the flora and fauna you discover.
Just thought I would pass on the news of )o Flaherty’s passing recently. Liz Drake posted it in the ZIA group yesterday. I was shocked and heartbroken. I kept in touch with Jo on an irregular basis and knew she’d had a few setbacks but this news still came as a shock. The last time we chatted was in September after she’d had a nasty fall and was going to physiotherapy. I think she was also getting ready to begin teaching again.
I hope your part of the world is doing well as the weather gets cooler. We’ve been fortunate up here to have such mild times of late. Take care and be safe….
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Oh dear Tina! Thanks so much for the lovely comments about my art. I do appreciate it. And oh no no no …… I had not heard about Jo’s passing. I feel like crying. I knew she was having health issues, but thought she was fighting the good fight. She always seemed positive, despite her health, the health of her husband and her special needs son. I’m very distressed, but I really do thank you for letting me know. I loved Jo’s art, her tutoring me in the nuances of Zentangle and colored pencil techniques, and her patience and encouragement. She will be missed by so many. All is very well here as we slip into winter. I hope you’re doing well too and creating beautiful art! Please stay in touch.
We observed the moon tonight on our walk, fully visible at times, with moody dark gray-blue clouds passing by – an astonishing sight! We will miss the eclipse – 2am isn’t a time when I can really say that I’ll get up and watch, but I have seen them before – it’s special! I hope you get to see it! Your full moon zentangle page is darling – love the dripping icicles and hanging bug!
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The moon is one of those special sky sights for me. I can almost drink in the view, especially when she’s full-on full! So glad you enjoyed your early evening moon walk. I’m commenting the morning after the eclipse. Thought we’d get skunked, but then about 3:45 am MST there she was. Not quite total eclipse yet, but purdy durn close! Within minutes, the eclipsing moon was shrouded in a heavy veil of drifting clouds that seemed to cling like Saran Wrap for the remainder of the event. But some glimpse is better than nothing! Flambé told me she hopped into the tallest tree and was able to see even more …… there was no howling tho! Hahhhhhh!
So glad you got to experience the eclipse! Ha! Flambe had the best vantage point!
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