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Talk About the Moon

Talk About the Moon

The is always moving, like us, and it makes certain dates on the calendar spectacular to watch! This post is filled with awesome explanations about the Moon’s many phases and special dates, like, full moon’s. I did not write the in-depth material, because that is not my field. So I filled it with lots of information for you to learn about Full Moon’s, Lunar Phases and the Moon’s 8 Phases. 


  • What is a Lunar Phase? 

“The lunar phase or phase of the moon is the shape of the illuminated (sunlit) portion of the Moon as seen by an observer on Earth. The lunar phases change cyclically as the Moon orbits the Earth, according to the changing positions of the Moon and Sun relative to the Earth. The Moon’s rotation is tidally locked by the Earth’s gravity, therefore the same lunar surface always faces Earth. This face is variously sunlit depending on the position of the Moon in its orbit. Therefore, the portion of this hemisphere that is visible to an observer on Earth can vary from about 100% (full moon) to 0% (new moon). The lunar terminator is the boundary between the illuminated and darkened hemispheres. Each of the four “intermediate” lunar phases (see below) is roughly seven days (~7.4 days) but this varies slightly due to the elliptical shape of the Moon’s orbit. Aside from some craters near the lunar poles such as Shoemaker, all parts of the Moon see around 14.77 days of sunlight, followed by 14.77 days of “night”. (The side of the Moon facing away from the Earth is sometimes called the “dark side”, which is a misnomer.”

Source: Lunar Phases

  • Did you know the Moon has 8 Phases? 

  • Moon’s 8 Phases

“Phase 1 New Moon – The side of the moon that is facing the Earth is not lit up by the sun. At this time the moon is not visible.

 Phase 2Waxing Crescent – A small part (less than 1/2) of the moon is lit up at this point. The part that is lit up is slowly getting bigger.

Phase 3First Quarter – One half of the moon is lit up by the sun at this point. The part that is lit up is slowly getting bigger.

Phase 4Waxing Gibbous – At this time half of the moon is lit up. The part that is lit is slowly getting bigger. Waxing means to slowly get bigger.

Phase 5Full Moon – The side of the moon that is lit up by the sun is facing the Earth. The entire moon is lit up at this point.

Phase 6Waning Gibbous – The moon is not quite lit up all the way by sunlight. The part of the moon this is lit is slowly getting smaller. Waning means to slowly get smaller.

Phase 7Last Quarter – Half of the moon is lit up but the sun. The part that we can see lit up is slowly getting smaller.

Phase 8Waning Crescent – A small part of the moon is lit up at this point. It is getting smaller by the minute.”

Source: Moon’s 8 Phases

  • Here is what the phases actually look like:


“The average calendar month, which is  1⁄12 of a tropical year, is about 30.44 days, while the Moon’s phase (synodic) cycle repeats on average every 29.53 days. Therefore, the timing of the Moon’s phases shifts by an average of almost one day for each successive month. (Lunar year=354 days.)”


“Photographing the Moon’s phase every day for a month, starting in the evening after sunset, and repeating approximately fifty minutes later each successive day, ending in the morning before sunrise, would create a composite image like the example calendar from May 8, 2005, to June 6, 2005 here in the left. There is no picture on May 20 since a picture would be taken before midnight on May 19, and after midnight on May 21. Similarly, on a calendar listing moon rise or set times, some days will appear to be skipped. When the Moon rises just before midnight one night it will rise just after midnight the next (so too with setting). The ‘skipped day’ is just a feature of the moon’s eastward movement in relation to the sun, which at most latitudes causes the moon to rise later each day. The moon has a predictable orbit every month.”

  • Here is the Moon, moving through phases quite swiftly

  • Here are some misconceptions about the Moon: 

“It might be expected that once every month, when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun during a new moon, its shadow would fall on Earth causing a solar eclipse, but this does not happen every month. Nor is it true that during every full moon, the Earth’s shadow falls on the Moon, causing a lunar eclipse. Solar and lunar eclipses are not observed every month because the plane of the Moon’s orbit around the Earth is tilted by about five degrees with respect to the plane of Earth’s orbit around the Sun (the plane of the ecliptic). Thus, when new and full moons occur, the Moon usually lies to the north or south of a direct line through the Earth and Sun. Although an eclipse can only occur when the Moon is either new (solar) or full (lunar), it must also be positioned very near the intersection of Earth’s orbit plane about the Sun and the Moon’s orbit plane about the Earth (that is, at one of its nodes). This happens about twice per year, and so there are between four and seven eclipses in a calendar year. Most of these events are quite insignificant; major eclipses of the Moon or Sun are less frequent.”

Source: Lunar Phases

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Autumn’s False Dawn – Tonight, September 29th, 2016

Autumn’s False Dawn

“The next few weeks offer a wonderful opportunity to catch the mysterious zodiacal light – aka the false dawn – of autumn. The moon is out of the morning sky for the next two weeks, leaving it dark to see this elusive phenomenon. The zodiacal light can be seen in the east, preceding dawn’s first light. Look over the sunrise point on the horizon about 120 to 80 minutes before sunrise.”

“If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, where it’s the spring equinox (rather than the autumn equinox) that happened a week ago, the zodiacal light appears in your western sky, beginning about an hour after the sun goes down. However, the moon is about ready to enter the evening sky, so watch for the zodiacal light about 80 to 120 minutes after sunset.”

“This light can be noticeable and easy to see from latitudes relatively close to Earth’s equator, for example, like those in the southern U.S. To those in rural locations, it’s often visible at this time of year while driving a lonely highway far from city lights, in the hour or so before true dawn begins to light the sky. In that case, the zodiacal light can resemble the lights of a city or town just over the horizon.”

“Meanwhile, skywatchers in the northern U.S. or Canada sometimes say, wistfully, that they’ve never seen it, although in recent years we’ve seen many photographs of the zodiacal light taken from northerly latitudes.”


“You need a dark sky location to see the zodiacal light, someplace where city lights aren’t obscuring the natural lights in the sky. The zodiacal light is a pyramid-shaped glow in the east before dawn (or after twilight ends in the evening, if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere now). It’s even “milkier” in appearance than the starlit trail of the summer Milky Way. It’s most visible before dawn at this time of year because, as seen from the Northern Hemisphere, the ecliptic – or path of the sun, moon and planets – stands nearly straight up with respect to the eastern horizon before dawn now. As seen from the Southern Hemisphere, the same is true of the western horizon after true darkness falls.”

“The zodiacal light can be seen for up to an hour or so before true dawn begins to break. Once again, look for it about 120 to 80 minutes before sunrise. Unlike true dawn, though, there’s no rosy color to the zodiacal light. The reddish skies at dawn and dusk are caused by Earth’s atmosphere, and the zodiacal light originates far outside our atmosphere. When you see the zodiacal light, you are looking edgewise into our own solar system. The zodiacal light is actually sunlight reflecting off dust particles that move in the same plane as Earth and the other planets orbiting our sun.”


Source: earthsky.org

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What Each Zodiac Sign Has Trouble Admitting To Themselves — Thought Catalog

brookeshemariaAries (March 21 – April 19) They don’t like to admit that they can veer off course sometimes, they’re used to having everything together and being an example for others and they don’t like to admit that sometimes they don’t know what they’re doing because they think it will make them look weak or less credible…

via What Each Zodiac Sign Has Trouble Admitting To Themselves — Thought Catalog

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Virgo Poem

My sister sent me this birthday card last week, with one of the most accurate and thoughtful Virgo poems I had ever seen. I knew that I had to share it with the world. So all you Virgos out there, if this reminds you of yourself, please like or comment back. I can’t wait to hear what you have to say! 


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The The Virgo September Monthly Horoscope 2016

Virgo September Monthly Horoscope 

“Independence and freedom of both thought and movement and your right to express yourself is vehemently defended in September 2016.”


“The tempo of life’s events is fast and furious in September 2016, you will not be able to sit back and relax as things will be happening, the phone will be ringing, and life can take some surprising turns. It is an exciting time of much communication and interaction with others. You will have to be adaptable and able to respond to changing situations quickly. This is a time of surprise, and you can be jolted out of your comfort zone, but this is a good thing as often the comfort zone is the biggest block to potential. In September 2016 is a chance to take a new and stimulating view of life and to renew your thinking on many issues. Experimentation with new activities, ideas, people and places is likely – you are spontaneous and may surprise others with your actions at times.”


“Events can be hard to keep track of with so much going on, so do be sure to keep a diary so that you do not overlook important dates and deadlines. September 2016 is also a month of little sleep and minimal time to relax as even if you are off from work, you are bound to be travelling, organizing or busy with a hectic home life. Make sure you do fit in some time when the phone goes off along with the internet connection, so you have a clear head space to center yourself.”




“The biggest threat in September 2016 is that you lose your way due to a commotion in your life; you may become so involved in so many things that it all becomes a chaotic and unproductive cacophony. Keep focus by sticking to an overall plan, and even if it is impossible to stick to that plan, at least do not lose sight of it.”



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September 6th Birthday Astrology

September 6th Birthday Astrology 


“Virgos born on September 6 are not concerned for their physical safety and don’t hesitate to take chances. September 6 men and women have a strong spirit and a gentle nature. They have a great love of beauty.”




*Friends and Lovers

“People born on this date are highly social and usually prefer friends with a similar temperament. Love can be complicated, yet they never stop trying to make their love life work. They are often hurt more seriously by a breakup than they’re willing to acknowledge.”

*Children and Family

“September 6 people love all the traditions that surround family life. As parents, they indulge their children’s goals, sometimes going too far. Although they may sometimes implement wrong methods, most of what they do seems to turn out right.”


*Health

“September 6 individuals are concerned with their appearance, a fact that affects their health habits. Women born on this date sometimes have serious food issues. They will benefit from advice offered by loved ones.”



*Career and Finances

“Because of their tendency to be attractive and well-mannered, they often make their living publicly. They don’t care about the status money brings, but they love the beautiful things it can buy. They should seek professional help with financial decisions.”


*Dreams and Goals

“September 6 natives want to live the good life. Because they may lack self-discipline, some of their goals may remain little more than idle wishes unless they can learn to become more organized and aggressive.”



Source: September 6 Birthday Astrology

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Astrology for September 14- 20, 2014

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Here we are zipping through September like we had to get to the October in a hurry for some reason. No doubt, September has had its share of bad news and remembrances that most of us had rather not deal with but life goes on does it not? Autumn is just around the corner. Judging by last week’s early snowfall in the west and this morning’s cool temperatures, it seems winter might move in before autumn gets to be autumn.
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Photo Credit: NASA/SDO

Last week was full of energy. Not only did we have an intense Full Moon in Pisces, we also had the energy of an X class solar flare and coronal mass ejection on the Sun aimed almost directly at Earth. Fortunately, the main energy passed above the Earth and our electrical grid and other things were spared. Some places saw some wonderful colors in the night sky.

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