March : The Full Crow Moon

This is the “supermoon” tonight the full moon is at its nearest point to Earth in the last 18 years. Even to the naked eye it really IS a little bigger and a little brighter.

My simple point and shoot Exlim camera is not made for night shots of the moon but here it is anyway because I find this sort of thing interesting.

I also watched as Mercury and Jupiter rose in the West this week and greeted the NASA probe MESSENGER  as it began to actually orbit Mercury for the first time gaining information about our solar systems nearest planet to the sun itself.

 

The northern native American tribes knew this March full moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signals the end of winter, or the Full Crust Moon because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. TheFull Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation.

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