Today Celestial Buddies are happily orbiting into the first day of fall! The buddies love to fall into autumn. This season brings leaves changing color, a chill in the air and lots of fun fall festivities!
Did you know Earth is considered the sister planet to Venus? Venus and Earth are near each other with them being the second and third planet in our solar system. Earth and Venus are similar in planet size! Venus is a little smaller than Earth with it having a 7,520 miles of circumference and Earth has a circumference of 7,926 miles.
On September 1, 2016 a solar eclipse can be seen in Madagascar! There are three different types of solar eclipses: total solar eclipse, the partial solar eclipse, and the annular solar eclipse. The annular solar eclipse will be making an appearance this year a form of a ring of fire in the sky.
Hello stargazers, did you know that many moons ago we became fascinated with full moons.
There nothing quite like a full moon. This phase of the moon is always bright, beautiful and glowing. In celebration, we decided to list of our favorites ones. These moons with a view from Northern Hemisphere have fun names and correspond with seasons and historical significance.
January is the Full Wolf Moon. This name came from the wolves that would literally “howl at the moon” in front of the villages in the early colonial days.
February is the Full Snow Moon. Hunting became especially difficult with the heavy snows for our ancestors. The giant snow globe effect of the Snow Moon combined with usually the heaviest snows was one of beauty and comfort during difficult expeditions by night.
March is the Full Worm Moon. This Is the month when the snow melts and spring is approaching. Another name for this moon is the Sap moon because it is when sapping of the maple trees begins. Reminds us of maple syrup but the worms part is not too sweet!
April presents the Full Pink Moon (as opposed to the Blue Moon) when the first spring flowers arrive! The ground phlox and pink moss are just two of the spectacular flowers that begin to bloom at this time of the full moon cycle.
May is the Full Flower Moon. A variety of flowers are now in full bloom! This is the perfect month to visit a botanical garden, forest meadow or even a family farm.
June is the Full Strawberry Moon. Did you know that this is considered the best month to gather strawberries? Strawberries are considered ripened and ready to be eaten. I wonder if you can make a Moon pies with strawberries?
July is the Full Buck Moon and the Thunder Moon. This is what they mean when they say “Moonstruck” as thunderstorms crackle across the night sky in a luminous and sparkling display of nature’s fireworks.
August is the Full Sturgeon Moon. There is something fishy with this designation. It’s the Sturgeon. These are large fishes that inhabit fresh and salt water in the Northern Hemisphere. This is the month that a variety of these fishes are caught swimming in the moonlight of the Great Lakes region.
September is the Full Corn Moon. This is the moon used to harvest ears of corn. It is also known as the Harvest Moon because it is nearest to the autumn equinox.
October is the Full Hunter’s Moon. During the early colonial days this would be the last chance to go hunting. This allowed villages to store food and crops before winter. Moon beams guided their efforts to stock up for a safe and secure winter.
November is the Full Beaver Moon. To ensure villages had a good supply of winter furs, they would set beaver traps. This moon is also known as the Frost Moon.
December is the Full Cold Moon. This moon signifies that Winter has arrived and the nights are long and cold. Hot chocolate is definitely on the menu for gazing at this full moon!
We love full moons these well … to the moon and back!
Do you have a favorite? Let us know in the comments below!
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Planetary Scientist Prof. Jay Pasachoff brought his Celestial Buddies Jupiter to the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena for Juno's Orbital Insertion around Jupiter, Launched in 2011 and "awakened" from its slumber on July 4!
Juno will make 37 close approaches to Jupiter and will fly closer to the surface of the planet than any previous spacecraft. Scientists hope for a treasure trove of new data about this gas giant.