JACKSON, Wyo. —The full moon occurred in the early morning hours on Nov. 30, at 2:32 a.m over Jackson Hole. For several days recently, the moon has appeared nearly full, providing dramatic views as it has risen over the mountains and reflected off of the snow in Jackson Hole.
But what are we really seeing when there is a full moon? Amy Nieskens from the Old Farmer’s Almanac explains that “a full moon happens when the moon rises closest to sunset because the sun illuminates the entire near side of the moon. Here on Earth we only see one side of the moon, this is because the time it takes for the moon to rotate once on its axis is the same amount of time it takes for it to orbit around the earth.”
Tonight, Nov. 30, the moon will rise at 5:10 p.m and will set at 7:50 a.m. November’s full moon has been known by many names including the “Geese Going Moon”, the “Frost Moon”, and most popularly, the “Full Beaver Moon”.
According to The Old Farmers Almanac, the full moons were given names by the Native American tribes corresponding to nature and as a way to track the seasons. “Traditionally this is the time of year when beavers are actively preparing for winter, and also the time to set traps before the swamp froze to ensure the supply of warm winter furs,” said Nieskens.