Latest Phases of the Moon Stories

2007-05-31 12:00:00

By Clara Moskowitz This moon isn't any bluer than usual, or any more impressive than your average full moon. But whenever there is a second full moon in a month, as there will be today at 6:04 p.m., we call it a blue moon. "There really is no scientific importance ascribed to a blue moon," said Greg Laughlin, an astronomer at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Most astronomers, he said, would probably be aware of a blue moon only if they read about it in a newspaper. "It's really...

2006-11-02 12:00:23

By CLAIR WOOD In his book on the Leonid meteor showers, "The Heavens on Fire," Mark Littmann writes that the Leonid meteor storm of 1833 was so intense, estimated from records to be in excess of 72,000 an hour, that terrified viewers thought the world was coming to an end. Some American Indian tribes called it "the year the stars fell." Approximately every 33 years, the Leonids put on a remarkable display. In 1966 an intense storm gave estimates of 144,000 meteors an hour which led, as 1999...

2006-10-06 08:30:00

Not so long ago, before electric lights, farmers relied on moonlight to harvest autumn crops. With everything ripening at once, there was too much work to to do to stop at sundown. A bright full moon -- a "Harvest Moon" -- allowed work to continue into the night. The moonlight was welcome, but as any farmer could tell you, it was strange stuff. How so? See for yourself. The Harvest Moon of 2006 rises on October 6th, and if you pay attention, you may notice a few puzzling things: 1. Moonlight...

2006-08-04 11:15:00

According to folklore, every full Moon has a special name. The Snow Moon comes in February, the snowiest month of the year. The Thunder Moon comes in July, the month of summer lightning. There are Wolf Moons, Strawberry Moons, Harvest Moons"”each name evokes something nifty about its particular month. Until August, that is. August has the Sturgeon Moon, named after a slimy, primeval fish. What happened? Long ago Native American tribes around the Great Lakes fished for sturgeon in...

2005-10-05 07:00:00

Five hundred years ago, Leonardo Da Vinci solved an ancient astronomical riddle: the mystery of Earthshine. NASA -- When you think of Leonardo Da Vinci, you probably think of the Mona Lisa or 16th-century submarines or, maybe, a certain suspenseful novel. That's old school. From now on, think of the Moon. Little-known to most, one of Leonardo's finest works is not a painting or an invention, but rather something from astronomy: He solved the ancient riddle of Earthshine. You can see...

2005-06-17 11:25:26

NEW YORK -- Doctors and nurses who work in the delivery room should not fret during the next full moon: a new study has found no evidence to support the common belief that births and delivery complications spike during full moons. Some people believe that maternity wards are more crowded during certain lunar phases, especially during a full moon, but the notion didn't hold up under scrutiny. Dr. Jill M. Arliss, of Mountain Area Health Education Center in Asheville, North Carolina, did not...

Latest Phases of the Moon Reference Libraries

2004-10-19 04:45:41

Lunar Phase -- The lunar phase is an astronomical term referring to the portion of the Moon that is visibly illuminated by the Sun, as seen from Earth. As the Moon orbits the Earth, the relative positions of the Sun, Earth and Moon change. Since the Moon only appears bright due to the Sun's reflected light, only the half of the Moon closest to the Sun is illuminated. Lunar phases are the result of our seeing the illuminated half of the Moon at different angles. The Moon exhibits...

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