Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Tampa Bay Weather

Look skyward for a bright ‘beaver moon’ this weekend

Folks out and about late Friday night into Saturday morning will be treated to a bright full moon known as a "beaver moon," the nickname for the full moon in November.

The name may have been inspired by Native Americans who would use the site of the moon as a signal to set traps to catch beavers before swamps would freeze, but also may be a reference to when beavers become active as they prepare for winter.

Some may have noticed a large moon Friday morning, but the moon will be brightest on Saturday at 1:22 a.m. when it officially becomes full, and lasting until the moon sets around 8 a.m., according to Space.com.

This yearís beaver moon will barely miss being a "super moon," which occurs when a full moon happens at the same time as the moonís perigee, its closest distance to Earth. Perigee occurs Sunday at 7:10 p.m. when the moon is only 224,587 miles away.

 
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