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What? Two Full Moons this weekend?

5 Dec 2014, 17:44 UTC
What? Two Full Moons this weekend? Bob King
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Lovers of moonlight, this is your weekend. The moon’s essentially full two nights in a row. Full phase doesn’t occur until 6:27 a.m. (CST) tomorrow morning or midway between the two nights. That means tonight’s moon appears in the east … Continue reading →

A bright waxing gibbous moon dons a colorful corona as passing altocumulus clouds diffract its light earlier this week. Click photo to find the time of moonrise where you live. Credit: Bob King
Lovers of moonlight, this is your weekend. The moon’s essentially full two nights in a row. Full phase doesn’t occur until 6:27 a.m. (CST) tomorrow morning or midway between the two nights. That means tonight’s moon appears in the east about 12 hours before full, while an equally filled-out moon will shine just 12 hours after full Saturday night.
Only a sharp-eyed observer would notice a half-day’s difference in the moon’s phase, so for most of us, the moon will look full both nights. What’s more, it happens to be in one of the coolest places in the sky, smack in the middle of the Hyades star cluster not far from Taurus’ brightest star Aldebaran.
Tonight’s moon will appear in the middle of ...

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