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Joe Rao's: How 2012's Full Moons Got Their Strange Names

News 12 Westchester meteorologist and Space.com columnist Joe Rao writes about the origin of the term full moon.

The start of 2012 brings with it a new year of skywatching, and lunar enthusiasts are gearing up for a stunning lineup of full moons. But, where does the tradition of full moon names come from?

Full moon names date back to Native Americans of a few hundred years ago, of what is now the northern and eastern United States. To keep track of the changing seasons, these tribes gave distinctive names to each recurring full moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred.

There were some variations in the moon names, but in general, the same ones were used throughout the Algonquin tribes from New England, continuing west to Lake Superior.

[Click Here to read the rest of Joe Rao's Space.com article]

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Rose Marie Raccioppi January 13, 2012 at 10:08 PM
The moon has and continues to hold its fascination for me. When I initiated my Educational Consultant/Therapist services in 1983, I so named it: APOGEE Learning Enhancement Training Systems ™ - a symbolic and metaphoric connection to the "furthest point." http://www.apogeelearning.com Thank You for the article, it will be a useful and enjoyable reference as each moon dons the sky.
joshua tanner January 13, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Joe's face on the moon is too funny

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