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Penumbral ‘Beaver Moon’

30 Nov

Simply the full moon? I think not. Tonight the full moon was eclipsed by the Earth’s penumbral (outer) shadow. While the shadow is slight, it is enough to create a lovely antique patina over the surface and highlight the Moon’s features.

In Native American tradition this full moon is known as the ‘Beaver Moon’ because it is the last full moon before the winter arrives, and by this time beavers have completed their dams and settled in.

Lovely.

Penumbral moon 30 November Canberra, Australia 8:51pm
No manipulations made to photo other than cropping
Sabrina Caldwell CC-BY-NC-ND-SA

 
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