The Full Promise of the Full Moon

Ah, it’s a lovely Spring we’re having.

If you’re like me, you look up at the Moon to see what time it is!  Not that I don’t have a cell phone or could buy a watch, but looking at the Moon, typically when it is southernmost, grounds me in the astronomy of time keeping itself.

A quick reference guide:

The Moon rises in our sky at different times each day.

At the New Moon, the Moon rises at sunrise.

At the First Quarter Moon, the Moon rises at noon.

At the Full Moon, the Moon rises at sunset.

At the Last Quarter Moon, the Moon rises at midnight.

Moonrise is about 50 minutes later each day.

If you look at First Quarter Moon at 6 PM standard time, you can tell from the angle of the Moon’s shadow terminator what season it is, and where the Sun is relative to the equatorial plane.

Click on the pic to learn about this month’s full moon, coming May 4th, the Full Flower Moon, video courtesy of the Farmer’s Almanac.

 

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Author: Bob Mahoney

Physics teacher

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