Thursday, November 29, 2007

Beaver Moon



The above Lunar image is my full November Moon. Taken with my BIG scope not my computerized scope, my BIG scope allows me to take wide angle pictures of the Moon, and at these cold temps if I were to turn on my computerized scope it would blow up and then start on fire. Taken last Friday night during a break in the clouds. The November full Moon is called the "Full Beaver Moon", a name given it by early Native Americans because it was time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze so they could gather a good supply of furs for the winter months, another reason for the name is the beavers are actively preparing for winter. I have also labeled my Moon with most of the major seas and some major craters and a couple mountain ranges, gives you an idea where everything is.


Ever wonder why we only ever see one side of the Moon? To really understand this concept you have to stick a loved one, cat or plant in the middle of the room and look the loved one, cat or plant in the eye, stand 3 feet or so away from them and pretend you have a surprise behind your back you don't want them to see. Do a complete circle (orbit) around them until you are back at your starting point. Notice what you had to do with your body to keep your back and surprise away from them, you had to rotate your body in the direction of your travel around them exactly 360 degrees. That's what the Moon does, it rotates on its axis one time for every orbit of the Earth to keep its alien bases surprise from us. Technically we are locked gravitationally into a synchronous rotation/revolution pattern with the Moon.



NASA just released a couple days ago images of Mar's moons Phobos and Deimos. Taken by CRISM (Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars)Probe. CRISM is mapping Mars geology as well as looking for water and as they put it "Help locate Martian resources that could provide local support for eventual human exploration and colonization of Mars". Phobos, top image above is a captured asteroid and is on a slow collision course with Mars, slow as in 50 million years. Deimos is also a captured asteroid and the smaller of the 2 moons. Okay now take a look at our lovely and beautiful Moon, as in the top image I took above, now take a look at the second image of Mar's moons, need I say more? I'm just saying our Moon is an oddity not only in the way it was formed by a collision of two planets but also because of how beautiful and mysterious it is.

33 comments:

SWE said...

I love your explanation of the moon's rotation-sheer artistry! I'm just getting into lunar observing, and wonder if you have favorite charts, features, etc. that you'd recommend.

self taught artist said...

that 2nd picture is fascinating..such a strange blob. i like your explanation too, good stuff.

alex kaplan said...

Dear Bob,

I built a cool astronomy profile on yuwie

http://www.yuwie.com/kaplanal

Check it out :)

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks swe, I have a great program for you and it is free, it is Virtual Moon Atlas, wealth of free lunar knowledge, the web site is,

http://www.astrosurf.com/avl/UK_index.html

Bob Johnson said...

Hi Paula, thanks, the explainations out there why we see the same side of the Moon all the time are sometimes too technical to downright pitiful, the one I made up helped me visualize the concept way better.

Bob Johnson said...

Hi Alex, tried your site but I have to be a friend to get in.

Swubird said...

Bob:

Nice, big image of the full moon. It filled my 20-inch screen beautifully. I remember way back in the 6th grade I gave a talk about how the moon rotates once on its axis every time it goes around the earth. At first, none of the kids would believe me, but after we did the same routine that you posted - all were convinced! The next question, of course, is: Is the moon really made of cheese?

SWE said...

Clearly, swubird, you've not been watching A Grand Day Out. ;)

alex kaplan said...

Dear Bob

Tell me when you want to drop down on it and i will open it just for you :)

Bob Johnson said...

swubird, the Moon is not made of cheese, lol, of course I'm only going by what NASA has said, they've been there, I have not.

Bob Johnson said...

swe, lol, didn't know about the movie til just now, thanks!

Bob Johnson said...

Hi Alex, any time tonight, I will check back, or you can email me.

alex kaplan said...

Bob,I have opened it- you wellcome

http://www.yuwie.com/kaplanal

Bob Johnson said...

Hi Alex, thanks, took a look , love your site, very cool.

Oswegan said...

Nice site Bob, I dig your moon post.

I've been hoping for a beaver moon at my house for a while now. :-)

Cheers,

~Oswegan

alex kaplan said...

Thanks Bob,you have a great blog too :)

Bob Johnson said...

oswegan, lol and thanks

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Alex!

The Uneasy Supplicant said...

Wow. Excellent shot of the moon Bob. You are right, it is beautiful and mysterious. May I also say, a very informative article. I love the way you went with the flow.
~JD

Bob Johnson said...

Hi and thanks JD, always good to go with the flow.

DrowseyMonkey said...

Okay...I wouldn't have failed Astronomy 101 if you had been teaching...that rotation of the moon explaination really made sense! (except my cat wouldn't stay still...but I still get it).

Bob Johnson said...

Lol, drowseymonkey, neither would mine.

Anna said...

Bob is this your 100% full moon, and thanks for labeling, I am getting hang of the craters now - okay only two, but it is a start, lol. You know about our moon, it is amazing how it formed the way it is and yet so mysterious. That is why I keep photographing all the time, it never looks the same to me. And thanks to you I am getting to know it better.

Just becareful with your other scope, don't want any accidents.

And thanks for another lesson about the Beaver Moon, and the one side of the moon I just figured this out this year, and I aways was wondering why it always looked the same. Anna :)

BTW you have been tagged by proud blogger like me, lol.
http://myonlyphoto.blogspot.com/2007/12/proudest-moment-of-my-life.html

Bob Johnson said...

Hi and thanks proud Anna, have taken a look at the tag, I think that makes 3 tags for me in a seven day time period, lol, better get on top of some of them.

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

Bob,
Full Beaver November Moon. Thanks for that great story. I love Native American history. Love your pics.

And you are a great writer. I read your post above. I just answered my 7 weird facts also. :D

Hugs, JJ

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks JJ, have to go take a look!

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