Full Moon

July 30th, 2012 at 4:32 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

  NASA picture of the full moon next to the right of the Lincoln Memorial.  The August full moon is called the Sturgeon Moon.  It’s also called the Full Red Moon because, as the Moon rises, it appears reddish through any sultry haze.  It was also called the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon.  If you look west in the evening, you’ll see a triangle of stars formed by Saturn, Mars and the bright star Spica.  In the early morning you can see the bright planets Venus and Jupiter to the east (Jupiter is “on top”).  There are lots of opportunities this week to see the Intl. Space Station fly over.   Here’s the latest from the G.R. Amateur Astronomical Assn.   The next open house at the Veen Observatory is August 11.  Here’s some cool pictures from www.spaceweather.com.

27 Responses to “Full Moon”

  1. Jack says:

    Thanks Bill….I especially Loved The Pics. From http://www.space weather.com. ,They Left me In awe and Singing Thee Old Song (Hymn)…. HOW GREAT THOU ART……

  2. Derek says:

    Bill, isn’t the full moon actually on August 1? And if I’m not mistaken, we’re slated to have a “blue moon” next month on 8/31…

    1. timeno says:

      believe you’re right, derek, although my calendar says it’s august 2. suprised no one else caught this and that bill didn’t respond and correct his mistake.

  3. Rick Hull says:

    Thank you for this interesting tid bit about the buck’s moon. I am a hunter and a student of deer and there antler growth and although what you had in the text is a wives tale i found it very interesting and will ad it to my information about deer.
    Please keep up the super exelent work and keep posting these interesting tid bit’s about weather and the animals.
    Rick Hull Portland MI

  4. Dan says:

    Great information here. Thanks, Bill!

  5. Bernie (At da Lakeshore) says:

    I seen a pair of twin bucks with at least 6 antler points a month ago. I also seen a mother with twin fawns this morning and the fawns have already lost their spots. The white hair of the spots gets shed when they start growing their winter coats. Maybe an early winter is in the cards?

  6. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

    According to CPC, next two weeks look dry with above average temps. What’s new!

    1. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

      And latest long-term Euro says heat will stay on til at least late fall.

      1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

        That is what the long range guess is beginning to look like. However that said just remember last fall when the winter guess came out calling for a cold winter! But hey until it changes warm looks like the way to go for now.

        1. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

          Yeah the NAO hasn’t even turned decidedly negative yet like so many were expecting.

          Is it me or has the actual benefits of long-term forecasting pretty much gone out the window the past year or two?

  7. Mark (Okemos) says:

    I saw a big eight point this morning in full velvet. It just reminded me of how fast this summer is going.

  8. 04 GTO (gaines 68th & Kzoo) says:

    Bill need new thread concerning the convective trends for this evening…


  9. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:

    Slight risk now includes everyone west of 131 tonight YAY :)

  10. Laker says:

    Slight risk…wow. Didn’t see that coming.

  11. Jeff (Richland) says:

    We need a new thread thread Bill! SPC just increased chances of severe storms across WI into parts of W MI with the possibility of a wind damage event moving across MI tonight if the storms form into a squall line! Didn’t see this coming today, and frankly, doesn’t feel like storms outside right now. Perhaps tonight will prove interesting though!

    1. weather watcher says:

      NBC26 (Green Bay) stated a watch should be issued soon for their area. Could get interesting later.

  12. Vincent(N.E.Kent CO) says:

    It is the storms that you don’t see coming are the one’s that will get ya.

  13. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:

    But right now I’m not counting on much because you all saw what happened last Wednesday when they were predicting 8 days out and we all thought we would finally see something what happened? Storm eater ate the storms and to mention the fact that we had great sheer in the air but NOTHING HAPPEND! So right now I am going to go with the flow for today’s possible event ;)

    1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

      It’s disheartening isn’t it Travis you/we all try to remain so positive but doesn’t happen, she doesn’t pop the GR bubble only our bubble of excitement, she’s popping the wrong ones! That is why I don’t excited until the day of predicted weather and as we all found out, even an hour out from when the storm will hit a lot can change. Although I had a pretty good storm here Saturday night, hoping for one more good line before we leave Friday morning to come back to W. Michigan.

  14. 04 GTO (gaines 68th & Kzoo) says:

    yup looks good to me..

  15. DanielG says:

    Probably cover the pontoon later this afternoon. That alone should STOP any development in its tracks!
    And remember, we didn’t get that much down here but not that far north (weather wise anyway) they did get over 3 inches with wind damage from Ludington eastward thru Cadillac and on to lake Huron. We just missed out on it.
    Todays track looks a lot more promising though too.
    What was it? Friday when a line came thru the Myers Lake area. We got a quick 1/4 inch but just to the south you Plainfield folks got DUMPED ON big time. We did watch some nice rotation right over the lake when the storm went over too. Thats about the time it kinda faded here and morphed towards the Alpine/Plainfield areas.

  16. Brian says:


    Like others have said about the Buck Moon not true reason, if any thing it would be called that because now is the time of the year that groups of bucks are seen togeather this only really happens in late June through early Sept.


  17. Julie (Pwell) says:

    Maybe I will go into labor tonight than. Hoping for a good full moon or something to get this started.

    On a side note, probably going to wash my car tonight so it will rain ;)

  18. Todd H (NE GR - Dean Lake) says:

    I was just at the Lincoln memorial a few hours ago. Sadly to say, the reflecting pool is empty, undergoing construction.

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