“Beaver Moon” and Lunar Eclipse Tomorrow

The full moon for November peaks tomorrow at 6:46 a.m. PST.

Native Americans kept track of seasons by giving names to the moons. November’s moon is called the Beaver Moon because it was the time when the beavers were preparing for winter and a time for farmers to set traps before the water froze over. It’s also called the Full Frost Moon.

There is some speculation that people act a little more “crazy” during a full moon. This idea stems from the gravitational pull of the moon on the ocean’s tides. The tidal change during a full moon can shift as much as 7 feet within a few hours. Since humans are made up of mostly water, it seems plausible that the moon could have an affect on us also.

Some researchers at Université Laval’s School of Psychology in Quebec, Canada set out to investigate this theory. They concluded that the full moon phases did not affect mental health and suggest that such beliefs might be maintained by self-fulfilling prophecies.

Tomorrow also marks the last eclipse of the year. It will be a deep penumbral eclipse, and you’ll have the best chances of seeing it if you’re in Alaska, Hawaii, Australia, or East Asia.

Full moons are a great time to reconnect with ourselves and for introspection. They light up the world magnificently, and it’s hard to not reflect on the power and poise of nature with a full moon on display.

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