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'Beaver Moon' rising to end holiday weekend

By Brian Lada, Accuweather.com
November's full moon is often referred to as the Beaver Moon because it rises during the time of year when beavers make final preparations for winter before heading into their lodges for the cold winter months. File Photo by Mark Black/UPI
November's full moon is often referred to as the Beaver Moon because it rises during the time of year when beavers make final preparations for winter before heading into their lodges for the cold winter months. File Photo by Mark Black/UPI | License Photo

The final astronomy event of November will take center stage in the night sky as the weekend draws to a close, an event that has nicknames that relate to the changing weather conditions ahead of winter's arrival.

Folks who step outside on Sunday evening will be able to see the full moon rise in the eastern sky and glow vibrantly all night long before it sets in the west around daybreak -- as long as cloudy conditions do not obscure the sky.

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November's full moon is often referred to as the Beaver Moon, as it is the time of year when beavers make final preparations for winter before heading into their lodges for the cold winter months.

"During the fur trade in North America, it was also the season to trap beavers for their thick, winter-ready pelts," the Old Farmer's Almanac explained on its website.

Other weather-themed nicknames for November's full moon include the Freezing Moon and the Frost Moon.

Skywatchers who are outside on Sunday night soaking in sights of the Beaver Moon may also be able to spot a few shooting stars with a bit of patience and a bit of luck.

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Earlier in the month, the Leonid meteor shower and the northern Taurid meteor shower peaked, and while the height of activity is in the rearview mirror, both showers remain active until the first few nights of December, according to the American Meteor Society.

Additionally, a few early Geminids may begin to appear in the night sky, with the frequency of meteors gradually increasing ahead of peak night, which is projected to occur on the night of Wednesday, Dec. 13, into the morning of Thursday, Dec. 14.

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