In mid-November, North and South America, Australia, and parts of Europe and Asia will be able to see the last lunar eclipse of the year, a near-total eclipse that will also occur during November’s full moon, also called the Beaver moon.
Named for the dam-building animal that works by the light of the full moon, the Beaver moon will be special this year because it will be almost totally obscured by the eclipse.
In addition, it will also be a micro moon, meaning it occurs when the moon is at its furthest point in orbit from Earth.
Because the lunar cycle was once many cultures’ primary way of dividing the seasons and years, full moons have a variety of names associated with what happens during that time.
For the Beaver moon, the name is a reflection of the fact that November is the time when beavers become particularly active, completing their dams and preparing for the winter ahead.
As it is the last full moon before the Winter Solstice, this moon is also called a Mourning moon. So, if you’re keeping track: November 18th and 19th marks the Beaver moon, also called the Mourning moon, which is also a micro moon and a full moon! Not only that, but it will begin to be almost totally eclipsed at around 1:00 AM Eastern Time, lasting until 4:00 AM ET.
If you know your astronomy, you may also remember that lunar eclipses always herald a coming solar eclipse two weeks in advance.
December 4th will see a total eclipse of the sun, visible from Antarctica, South Africa, and some of the southern Atlantic area, according to NASA.
See more about the lunar eclipse here!Whizzco