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The next full moon of 2019 — nicknamed the “beaver moon” — will reach its peak Tuesday morning, Nov. 12. It is the second to last full moon on the 2019 lunar calendar and it happens to arrive when the annual Taurid meteor shower will be at its best.

Although the bright light of the full moon will make it difficult for sky watchers to see the shooting stars of this normally impressive meteor shower, all hope isn’t lost, according to astronomy experts from Space.com.

About November
November is the eleventh (and penultimate) month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars, the fourth and last of four months to have a length of 30 days and the fifth and last of five months to have a length of less than 31 days. November was the ninth month of the calendar of Romulus c. 750 BC. November retained its name (from the Latin novem meaning “nine”) when January and February were added to the Roman calendar.
November is a month of late spring in the Southern Hemisphere and late autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. Therefore, November in the Southern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent of May in the Northern Hemisphere and vice versa. In Ancient Rome, Ludi Plebeii was held from November 4–17, Epulum Jovis was held on November 13 and Brumalia celebrations began on November 24. These dates do not correspond to the modern Gregorian calendar.
November was referred to as Blōtmōnaþ by the Anglo-Saxons. Brumaire and Frimaire were the months on which November fell in the French Republican Calendar.

The full November beaver moon will soon be shining, along with the …

About beaver
The beaver (genus Castor) is a large, primarily nocturnal, semiaquatic rodent. Castor includes two extant species, the North American beaver (Castor canadensis) (native to North America) and Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber) (Eurasia). Beavers are known for building dams, canals, and lodges (homes). They are the second-largest rodent in the world (after the capybara). Their colonies create one or more dams to provide still, deep water to protect against predators, and to float food and building material. The North American beaver population was once more than 60 million, but as of 1988 was 6–12 million. This population decline is the result of extensive hunting for fur, for glands used as medicine and perfume, and because the beavers’ harvesting of trees and flooding of waterways may interfere with other land uses.

“The full moon is so bright that it tends to wash out fainter objects, even from dark-sky locations. That said, on the night of the full moon the Taurid meteor shower will be in one of its periods of peak activity, and it’s possible to catch a few meteors here and there,” Space.com says.

The Taurid meteor shower typically produces five to 10 shooting stars each hour in early November, “but they tend to move slowly, and produce more bright fireballs,” Space.com notes.

The full November beaver moon will soon be shining, along with the …

Best time to see the full beaver moon

The November beaver moon will officially reach its fullest phase at 8:34 a.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, so it will look big and bright in the sky Monday night, Tuesday night and Wednesday night — assuming the clouds don’t block your view.

The moon will rise in the eastern sky at 4:36 p.m. Monday in the New York City region, just as the sun will be setting on the other side of the sky, then 5:06 p.m. on Tuesday and 5:41 p.m. on Wednesday.

Full beaver moon

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The November full moon is coming soon, and its nickname is the “beaver moon.”

Why this moon is called the beaver moon

The origin of the nickname “beaver moon” comes from Algonquin Native American tribes and American colonists, who gave nicknames to each full moon based on weather conditions, farming routines and hunting trends at that time of the year.

“This was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs,” says the Farmers’ Almanac. “Another interpretation suggests that the name full beaver moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter.”

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Other nicknames for the full November moon

Just like most full moons, the November full moon has generated a few different nicknames over time.

In addition to the “beaver moon,” the November full moon also has been coined the “hunter moon,” the “mourning moon,” the “reed moon” and the “frost moon” — a reference to the cold weather setting in during this month.

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The November moon will be at its fullest phase on the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 12. The December moon will be full on Dec. 12.

The final full moon of 2019

If you don’t get a chance to see the November full moon, you can look for next month’s full “cold moon” on Dec. 11, Dec. 12 or Dec. 13. That moon will be officially at its fullest phase at 12:14 a.m. Eastern time on Dec. 12, so it will look big the night before and the next two nights.

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