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A Slow Month For Moons. February 23, 2011

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
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February has been a less than, um, stellar month for moon-shots in these parts.  It’s not quite that I didn’t get any,  but rather that Her Fullness eluded me.

I stopped taking these monthly curses personally when I read that, statistically, the days and nights around the full moon were more likely to be cloudy, the weather unsettled.

This makes some sense to me – the exact opposition of the sun and moon (which is necessarily the case for the moon to appear “full” from the Earth) creates more extreme tides in our oceans (other factors such as storms being equal,) so why shouldn’t it affect the ocean of air surrounding us?

So I’ve quit being surprised when it rains or snows on my Full Moon Parade or the horizon is shrouded in mists right as I’m expecting to juxtapose a big round fattie against a jagged spruce skyline, and have made it a point to get almost-full moonrises a couple of days before and moonsets a couple of days after the Blessed Event, such as this one of the Very Gibbous Moon over a hillside in my hometown:

…That way, if the weather stinks at full, I still have something to look at!

That one is courtesy of Gizmo, my 400mm L-Series Bad Boy.

By the way, moonsets during the first few mornings after Full are easier to catch (weather permitting) and set up for, as you can see the moon ahead of time and plan accordingly!

Just in case you wanted to know.

😉

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