The Full Moon

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The Full Moon

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The Full Moon is technically an instant at which the Moon's near face is completely illuminated by the Sun. No other phase has been entwined in so much lore and superstition. For example, there have been contentions by several people over the past few decades (and probably centuries) that human behavior is radically altered on those nights of a Full Moon. These contentions have yet to be proven.

The 10 January APOD shows the first Full Moon of the year beyond a windmill on Fuerteventura...
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150110.html

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This month's Full Moon occurs tonight at 10:42pm CDT. At that time the Moon will be thirty-four degrees up the southeast, in the constellation Libra (about 2˚25' of the A-class, magnitude 2.8 star Zubenelgenubi).

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This month's Full Moon occurs tonight at 9:20pm CDT. At that time the Moon will be sixteen degrees up the southeast, in the constellation Sagittarius (to the upper left of the Teapot). The cloud cover will probably be a problem until 10pm, so I'll wait a little while to go outside and take a look.

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HRPO Apprentice Judah S. sent me a picture he snapped of last night's Full Moon. Many major features seen with a binocular are visible in the image. Good work, Judah!

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This month's Full Moon occurs Sunday at 9:50pm CDT. At that time the Moon will be thirty-seven degrees up the southeast, in the constellation Pisces (about eight degrees SSE of the F-class, magnitude 4.0 star Omega Piscium).

Of course, don't forget the total lunar eclipse. Baton Rouge's weather forecast at this time is poor, but there will be live showings on the internet and NASA-TV.

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This month's Full Moon occurs Wednesday at 4:44pm. The Moon will rise in Baton Rouge at ~5:25pm. It will reach fifteen degrees at 6:36pm, during which time it will be in the constellation Taurus (about 0˚57' west-northwest of the G-class, magnitude 3.6 star Gamma Tauri).

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This month's Full Moon occurs on Christmas Day at 5:11am CST. At that time the Moon will be nineteen degrees up in the constellation Orion. It will be two degrees north-northwest of the magnitude 4.9, B-class star 69 Orionis.

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Re: The Full Moon

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There's something very special about this month's Full Moon--it's the first Full Moon on Christmas Day since 1977! This is the last Christmas Full Moon until 2034.

Also, the Moon lies almost as far south of the ecliptic as possible. This is resulting in an extreme northern libration. If the viewer has good skies and looks past the far edge of Crater Peary, he will spot the outer rim of Crater Rozhdestvenskly. This crater is center at eighty-seven degrees north latitude on the far side of the Moon!

More information:
December 2015 Astronomy, p. 37.
http://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/rar ... istmas-day

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Full Moon is at 7:46pm CST Saturday night. Go out between 8pm and 10pm and take a look. It will be four degrees south of the ecliptic; with magnification you may be able to see very discreet shadows on the northern limb.

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Re: The Full Moon

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Full Moon was at 6:02am CDT yesterday. I saw it rising (yellow-orange tint, of course) as I was leaving HRPO. I went outside about a half-hour ago. The sky's quite cloudy but the Moon seems to slide in and out of the layers.

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