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The only super moon of 2017, December’s full moon was fittingly named by Native American tribes the “Long Night’s Moon,” the “Frost Moon,” and the “Cold Moon.” In Europe, December’s full moon is called the “Yule Moon.”

December’s full moon kicks off a trilogy of super moons. The next super moon is January 1st, 2018 and the following super moon is January 31st, 2018 which also makes it a “Blue Moon,” (the second of two full moons in a month is called a Blue Moon).

First in the Super Moon Trilogy 


rocky-neck-smith-cove-daybreak-copyright-kim-smithLast Tuesday was a photographer’s magical dream morning. After photographing and filming December’s “Long Night’s Moon” descending over the Gloucester city skyline, I turned toward the east to see a peaceful daybreak scene over Rocky Neck. Perhaps the sun hadn’t fully risen I thought and hurried to Brace Cove. The sun had rose behind Brace Rock with just enough clouds that it was still pretty, not blasted out by too much light.

I then walked along the edge of Niles Pond, meeting up with Mr. Swan who was occupied with his morning swim, which often indicates he is readying to take flight. He did, and with movie camera in hand, he circled the Pond before landing at Brace Cove, near the breakwater.

Eerily, the coyotes were howling in the distance, actually howling, like wolves, and for quite a long while. I often hear their meet-and-greet yipping and socializing barks that they make shortly after sunset, and too the terrible sound they make when killing a creature, but I have never heard them howling in the morning. I wonder if it had something to do with the full moon? Do our readers hear coyotes howling regularly?


Tufted Titmouse

Further along the Pond walk there was a large flock of American Robins and they, along with a lively group of Blue Jays, Tufted Titmice, Song Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows, and Cardinals were hungrily eating every berry in sight, so much so that when I returned to the same spot a few days later, there wasn’t a berry or fruit to be seen. A magical morning at a magical place we’re fortunate to call home.


December Long Night’s Moon

Get a jump on the Super Moon Today at 4:11 PM

Do not listen to the naysayers. The Super Moon really is Super. 30% brighter. If you are standing on the southern end of Long Beach at 4:11 PM the Super Duper Moon will rise among the twin towers of Thacher Island. Go to The Photographers Ephemeris (click to app) and you can move around and precisely find where you need to stand to split the uprights of the Towers with the moon.


Pro Tip: Leave your camera home. Someone else will take a great photo. Instead of fussing with a camera just stand there with your dog and enjoy the earth rotating under your feet so the moon magically appears on the horizon. I would also recommend smoking a doobie but it is not legal. Yet.

On Monday the moon will rise in about the same place but at 4:55 PM. The sun will already have set at 4:20 PM so it might be even more super than Sunday.

On Monday the moon will rise in about the same place (5 compass degrees north) but at 4:55 PM. The sun will already have set at 4:20 PM so it might be even more super than Sunday.

Lunar Eclipse Sunday Night is also Super Moon!

You will have to wait something like two billion years to see something like this again. 10:11 PM is the time you need to remember.

Practicing tonight for the Super Lunar Eclipse on Sunday Night!

Practicing tonight for the Super Lunar Eclipse on Sunday Night!

6:22PM the moon rises.
8:12 Penumbral eclips begins nothing to see
9:07 PM partial eclipse begins
10:11 PM full eclipse begins (shit gets real. The moon is now in complete shadow.)
10:47 PM maximum eclipse ( demons appear, world ends)
11:23 PM full eclipse ends (watch for that first glimmer of light passing over Mount Everest hitting the moon)
12:27 AM (only astronomers and nerds will stay up for this.)

Almost the Super Moon

July 9, 2014 spooky almost full moon
I took this on Wednesday evening, been trying to get a photo of the moon for years only can accomplish this. Very interesting about the Super Moon.
On July 12, 2014, we have the first full moon after the June 21 solstice. Around this time of year, in North America, buck deer start growing antlers, thunder storms rage and farmers struggle to pile up hay in their barns. Thus, according to folklore, we call this full moon the Buck Moon, Thunder Moon or Hay Moon. The July 2014 full moon is also the first of three full-moon supermoons in 2014. Previously, we had two supermoons in January – on January 1 and 30 – but they were new-moon supermoons. The full moons on July 12, August 10 and September 9 all enjoy the supermoon designation because the centers of these full moons and the center of Earth are less than 361,863 kilometers (224,851 miles) apart. The closest supermoon of the year comes with the August 10 full moon, with a moon that’s only 356,896 kilometers (221,765 miles) from Earth.

Rubber Duck Counterpoint: The Super Moon is Super!

First some definitions.

Supermoon: When Full Moon and Perigee occur at the same time.

Full Moon: When the Moon is opposite the sun and lit 100%. Everyone knows that. It happens every 29.5 days. (Remember that number, it’s important.)

Perigee of the moon: This is when the moon is closest to earth as it swings around the earth (not in a circle) Moon perigee happens every 27.6 days. (Remember that number too.)

So full moon every 29.5 days and close moon every 27.6 days. Those two events go out of and into synch. When they both happen very close to each other like this weekend the moon is “super”.  Is it a big deal? I think it is. Compare these two full moons occuring at perigee and apogee (opposite of perigee or the futhest the moon gets from earth):

lunar-apogee-perigee-2010Can you see a difference? I think you can. One could argue that it isn’t that “super” since those numbers synch every 14 months but I like to define “super” as being out of the ordinary. And this weekend on Cape Ann when the sun sets and the full moon rises you have many additional items that make this moon super.

1) Full moon. 2) Perigee. 3) It’s summertime and you are not freezing your ass off looking a the moon. 4) You are on Cape Ann so a five minute drive and you are watching the moon rise at 7:34PM over the ocean tonight (8:32PM Sunday night).

But mother nature throws in one more variable. Clouds. Most likely it will be cloudy at moonrise both days. But if clears get your butt off that couch and go check out a super moon.

The one last thing that makes a Cape Ann Super Moon more super than every one else’s moon. You live on an island. That means another five minute drive and you can watch the super moon set in the morning right into the ocean. (5:21AM Sunday morning, 6:32AM Monday morning). If that isn’t super I don’t know what is. Add a fresh butternut crunch doughnut from Rockport’s Brothers Brew and that might make it super for you. (Opens 7AM.)

Super Moon II Sunday Night

The exact time of the full moon last night was very close to midnight. That means that tonight’s moonrise will be almost as big as yesterday. Some of you got some amazing shots with the fog. I got a super dud in Rockport.

Tonight, same spot on the horizon but:

Moonrise: 8:52PM

Sunset: 7:48PM

Nautical Twilight: 8:59PM (cannot navigate by the horizon)

Astronomical Twilight 9:42PM (stars are out)

So it will be darker but your camera should still be able to pick up the horizon when the moon appears.

Cool Sky Stuff

From the time I left Rocky Neck until I reached Annisquam, there was alot of cool sky stuff going on – between the fog bank that rolled in and gave Smiths Cove a mystical appearance, and City Hall’s tower peak the appearance of being suspended in air, and then that amazing full super moon that I had forgotten all about until I rounded the bend near Wheeler’s Point and there it was.  Such  a diversity of magic in a ten minute span of time.  Only on Cape Ann.

E.J. Lefavour

Tonights Supermoon and Last Years “Rum” Moon

Tonights Supermoon and Last Years “Rum” Moon

Moonrise 7:37pm  05/05/2012 

From EarthSky.org

“According to U.S. clocks, May 5, 2012 features the closest and largest full moon of this year.  Calendars say May 6, by the way, for this same close full moon as seen from Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.  We astronomers call this sort of close full moon a perigee full moon.  The word perigee describes the moon’s closest point to Earth for a given month.  But last year, when the closest and largest full moon occurred on March 19, 2011, many used a term we’d never heard: supermoon.  We’ve heard this term again at this 2012 close full moon.  What does it mean exactly?  And how special is the May 5, 2012 supermoon?” CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT!

Below is a photo I took last Summer of the Full “RUM MOON”

 It’s something i’ll never forget. I almost retired after taking this shot.