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
A preview of sea-level rise
At high tide today (noon) there was no trace of the creek bed. The sea had risen to the level of the road. Surfers caught waves that took them right up to the base of the footbridge. You needed high boots to enter the beach via the bridge and one funny dog wouldn’t play fetch with his friend because he had to wade through several feet of water to exit the footbridge. The parking lot was almost entirely flooded, at least a foot deep in some locations
Seaside Goldenrod is a plant worth noting in this situation. Not only is it a fantastic nectar-rich plant for Monarchs, bees, and many other species of pollinators but is also a reliable soldier in battling beach erosion. Notice in the Instagram the incoming tide swirling about the base of the plant. Seaside Goldenrod can grow in tidal zones where it is flooded twice daily. Year after year it reliably returns.
From The Washington Post, “Every year from November through February, the highest tides — called “king tides” — press onto the shores during full moons. This is a result of the enhanced gravitational pull from the full moon as well as Earth’s being closest to the sun in its orbit (at perihelion). The tides get even higher during supermoons, because that’s when the moon is closest to Earth (at perigee).”
Bridget Mathews shares her stunning photos of last nights beautiful Supermoon!
This was a year ago now… Time flies! A canvas giclée print of this shot will be for sale in the GMG section of EJ Lefavour’s gallery on Rocky Neck very soon. It was printed at Cape Ann Giclée, so the quality of the print is excellent.
– Fr. Matthew Green
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.
Still foggy.. going out again…
Tonights Supermoon and Last Years “Rum” Moon
Moonrise 7:37pm 05/05/2012
“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.
Supermoon Info for tonight.
Look to 115 degrees on the Compass for moonrise location.
Hopefully it will clear enough for a great view. Although a few clouds would help the composition for the photographers.
3-19-11. Largest full moon in 18 years. Notice the oval shape when it’s at the horizon.
Supermoon Rockport, Mass. March 19th
photos by Anthony Marks
Wow, lot of supermoon worshippers in Rockport.
Woah, shoulda brought a tripod
Dog howling at moon
Hold camera to rock
Straightsmouth light cooperates, (click on photo to see green blink.)