If August’s total solar eclipse only made you more excited for lightshows in the sky, you’re in luck! The Beaver Moon, a huge, bright November full moon, will make an appearance this weekend.
On Saturday, Nov. 4, the full moon will peak at 1:23 a.m. Eastern standard time. According to Travel + Leisure, your best bet is to head outside the night before. That way you can catch the Beaver Moon after the sun sets on Friday, Nov. 3, before you head to bed.
Why Is It Called The Beaver Moon?
The Beaver Moon, or Frost Moon, got its name from native tribes and colonists who would set beaver traps before the winter around the orange light of the full moon, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. It was a great reminder to acquire some warm and cozy furs for the cold season ahead.
Glimpse The Seven Sisters This Weekend
Still can’t get enough of these astronomical phenomena? On Nov. 5, NASA says there will be even more to see. “The moon glides by three beautiful star clusters in the morning sky this month, and a pair of binoculars will allow you to see the individual stars in the clusters,” according to NASA’s Tumblr post. “Aim your binoculars at the Pleiades and the moon on the 5th.”
Pleiades are a star cluster also known as the Seven Sisters and are often seen as “icy-blue” in the night sky, according to EarthSky.org.
Is The Beaver Moon A Supermoon?
You may have also heard some people calling the Beaver Moon a supermoon, but that is incorrect. According to NASA, the term “supermoon” is meant to describe a full moon “within 90% of its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit.”
Today, however, many people use term “supermoon” to simply describe a full moon “that is closer to Earth than average.” The Beaver Moon will be a unique phenomenon, but it won’t technically be a supermoon. (The November 2016 supermoon was the closest the moon will get to Earth until November of 2034.)
However, there will be a supermoon coming in early December. This year’s one true supermoon will appear on Dec. 3, when the full moon will be closer to the Earth than it’s been all year, according to Space.com. You can expect the moon to appear larger and brighter on Dec. 3 and 4.
If you live in a city or an area with a lot of light pollution, now is a good time to plan ahead and find someplace more remote to see these incredible celestial bodies!
Daylight Savings Time Ends This Weekend, Too
It’s time to turn back time this weekend. The time change officially occurs at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5, so don’t forget to set your clocks back before you head to bed Saturday night (luckily your cell phone should update automatically for you). This weekend, we “fall back” to what’s called “standard” time—despite, as the Washington Post points out, it only being in place for four months of the year.
Daylight Saving Time will go back into effect on March 4, 2018, when we “spring ahead” an hour.
Although if you live in an area—such as Arizona or Hawaii—that doesn’t observe Daylight Saving Time, then this info surely doesn’t apply to you!