WOW! sponsors a Moon Walk Saturday, Aug. 13

Posted on 08. Aug, 2011 by in World of Wonder, WOW Events, WOW Past Events, WOW! Blog

New Outing!  MOON WALK, Saturday, August 13th, 8:30pm to 10pm: Join WOW for a campfire, s’mores, storytelling, and a short hike during August’s full moon.  Wear sturdy shoes (no sandals or flip flops) and bring your flashlights and blankets.  This is for children with their families. Minimum age is 4 years, unless in a backpack—no strollers.  No dogs please.  This outing will be between Concord and Davidson, a ten-minute drive from Davidson.  Location and directions will be sent to those with confirmed registration.

Pre-registration is required. Please contact us at dlc.wow@gmail.com.

 

Did you know that each full Moon of the year has its own name, most of which are associated with the weather or agriculture. The most common names used in North America include:

January — Moon after Yule

February — Snow Moon

March — Sap Moon

April — Grass Moon

May — Planting Moon

June — Honey Moon

July — Thunder Moon

August — Grain Moon or Green Corn Moon

September — Fruit Moon (or Harvest Moon)

October — Hunter’s Moon (or Harvest Moon)

November — Frosty Moon

December — Moon before Yule

 

The Harvest Moon is always the full Moon closest to the autumnal equinox, thus the need for other names for the moons of September and October.

What is a Blue Moon and when is the next one?

Because the time between two full Moons doesn’t quite equal a whole month, approximately every three years there are two full Moons in one calendar month. Over the past few decades, the second full Moon has come to be known as a “blue Moon.” The next time two full Moons occur in the same month (as seen from the United States) will be August 2012. The most recent “blue Moon” occurred in December 2009.

On average, there’s a Blue Moon about every 33 months. Blue Moons are rare because the Moon is full every 29 and a half days, so the timing has to be just right to squeeze two full Moons into a calendar month. The timing has to be really precise to fit two Blue Moons into a single year. It can only happen on either side of February, whose 28-day span is short enough time span to have NO full Moons during the month.

The term “blue Moon” has not always been used this way, however. While the exact origin of the phrase remains unclear, it does in fact refer to a rare blue coloring of the Moon caused by high-altitude dust particles. Most sources credit this unusual event, occurring only “once in a blue moon,” as the true progenitor of the colorful phrase.

Link to more about the full moon.

And more stargazing this week.


 

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