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Beaver Moon: A Spectacular Sight and the Penultimate Full Moon of 2023

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Beaver Moon: A Spectacular Sight and the Penultimate Full Moon of 2023

The Beaver Moon, the second-to-last full moon of 2023, will grace the sky on Monday, November 27. Rising at 3:48 p.m. EST, this celestial spectacle will remain visible until it sets the next morning. Located in the constellation Taurus, the Bull, the moon will be in full illumination, providing an optimal viewing opportunity for stargazers.

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The Origin of the Name and Other Full Moon Traditions

The Beaver Moon gets its name from the period when beavers prepare for winter and trappers would gather their pelts. This name reflects the traditions of various Native American and Colonial American communities. Other names for this November full moon, such as the Digging Moon, Deer Rutting Moon, Whitefish Moon, Frost Moon, and Freezing Moon, encapsulate the natural activities and conditions of the month. Similarly, December's full moon bears names like Cold Moon, Winter Moon, Dead of Winter Moon, and Snow Moon, reflecting the wintry conditions of the month.

The Lunar Cycle and the Upcoming Cold Moon

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Following the Beaver Moon, the moon will enter its waning phase, leading to the new moon on December 12. This event marks the beginning of the final lunar cycle of the year, culminating in the Cold Moon on December 26, the last full moon of 2023.

Witnessing the Beaver Moon

For those interested in observing this lunar event, resources such as telescope and binocular guides are available. Tips for astrophotography can help capture the Beaver Moon in all its glory. Readers are also invited to share their photos of the Beaver Moon with our publication's audience, fostering a global community of skywatchers.

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