There Is No Full Moon Tonight

earth_atmosphere_moonI don’t know who started this meme. A few friends on my facebook feed have insisted that today, a Friday the 13th, we have a full moon. It just happened in 2014 and doesn’t occur again till 2049. Transits of Mercury are more frequent.

I had to check the sky the other night–it’s been remarkably clear for some days now in the Pacific Northwest. Tuesday I noticed a crescent moon in the west. No way is that satellite going to be full by Friday, I thought.

Like this tune says, “This is the Space Age. Just don’t worry.”

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to There Is No Full Moon Tonight

  1. Liam says:

    What’s really weird is that, in the days before artificial illumination, full moons would not have been unlucky (except for nocturnal criminals) – rather, it would have been nights without good lunar illumination that would be unlucky, because that’s when it would be difficult to discern many hazards to life and limb (critters, criminals, and all manner of things that might cause one to fall/stumble/et cet.) This is why it was so important to notice when evening lunar illumination returned each month, just like when the solar path annually began to wax after the winter solstice: both were “It Gets Better” moments, as it were.

  2. Liam says:

    PS: another distant tangent (here, the passage of spans of time being the arc) – hey, I think almost entirely via distant tangents:

    There’s only one person alive on this planet who we have a record of being born in the 1800s:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/brooklyn-susannah-mushatt-jones-oldest-woman-dies-age-116-article-1.2635657

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