LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: The Beaver Moon, a celestial spectacle steeped in tradition and history, is expected to grace the U.S. sky on November 27 at 9:16 a.m. GMT or 4:16 a.m. ET.
Named by Native American tribes who assigned unique names to each full moon, the Beaver Moon is a captivating lunar event that adds a touch of enchantment to the November night sky.
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The blood-red full Beaver Moon passes behind the Empire State Building during a total lunar eclipse on November 8, 2022 in New York (Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)
What is the origin of the Castor Moon?
The tradition of naming full moons dates back to Native American tribes, who designed a lunar calendar based on natural rhythms and seasonal changes. These names were used to track time, mark important events, and navigate their surroundings.
The Beaver Moon earns its title because of the nocturnal activities of beavers at this time of year. Last year, the Beaver Blood Moon made a stunning appearance during its partial eclipse, captured in a mesmerizing photo from the Antipolo Cathedral in the Philippines on November 8, 2022.
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Which full moon is called the Beaver Moon?
It’s fascinating to see how the November Full Moon transforms into a Hunter’s Moon or a Beaver’s Moon depending on the timing.
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The Hunter’s Moon, with its appearance in early November, historically marked an opportune time for hunters to gather and store provisions for the coming winter.
On the other hand, when the full moon graces the sky after November 7, it assumes the persona of the Beaver Moon, honoring the industrious activities of beavers as they diligently prepare for the impending cold.
In November, beavers become especially active as they prepare for the winter months ahead. These industrious creatures begin to build and repair their dams and huts, working diligently under the full moon night.
The full moon that follows November 7 thus became synonymous with the tireless efforts of beavers, and the name “Beaver Moon” stuck through the generations.
What is the meaning of the Beaver Moon?
Beyond its natural beauty, the Beaver Moon holds cultural significance through various traditions with some Native American cultures, marking a time for community activities, storytelling and reflection.
Its presence in the night sky has become a symbol of unity, reminding communities to come together to prepare for the winter months.
When will the next Beaver Moon take place?
The next Castor Moon will be seen on November 15, 2024.
It may feel like a cosmic break, but fear not, because you can stay in the lunar loop by following celestial updates on social media and closely monitoring astronomical calendars like Star Walk 2 and Sky Tonight.
These tools will ensure you don’t miss a beat – or a moon – when it comes to the dance of celestial events.
How to witness the Castor Moon?
To get a glimpse of this fascinating Castor Moon, look toward the eastern horizon as the moon rises. The best time for viewing is usually around sunset, when the moon is low on the horizon and appears larger due to the “moon illusion.”
Ideal places to view the moon include areas with minimal light pollution, such as rural or isolated areas. City dwellers might consider finding a rooftop or park away from bright streetlights to fully appreciate the beauty of the Beaver Moon.
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