Earth’s moon is the largest planetary satellite relative to the size of its planet. Throughout its orbit it always shows the same face and this weekend it will shine down on us in one of its rare closest approach. The forecast indicates that this Saturday and Sunday will be sunny and clear, so hopefully viewing the Moon will be unimpeded at night.
The face of the Moon is arguably the most visual motif for countless subjects represented in the arts, literature and culture throughout all civilizations. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the Algonquin tribes and American colonists called the November full moon the Beaver Moon because it was the time to “set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs." While it is true that the word lunatic is derived from the Latin name of the Moon, Luna, there is no causal relationship between the Moon and any individual person. So go outside and stand under the stars and enjoy the fullness of the moonlight, (Sunday night will best the best time).
This Moon will be the closest, brightest and the largest since 1949. Check it out because you won’t see it again until November 25, 2034.