It will also be the first (and last) “supermoon” of 2017. Supermoons happen when a full moon approximately coincides with the moon’s perigee, or a point in its orbit at which it is closest to Earth.
The November bonfire was another great time with friends and neighbors sharing a nice fire with the moon appearing through the clouds over the ocean. Come join your friends and neighbors for an enjoyable evening on the beach with a warm fire and hopefully another beautiful moon rise out of the ocean. For December, we’ll meet again near the beach end of Boardwalk 1. The boardwalk will still be under construction so join us via the vehicle accesss or Boardwalk 2.
To keep things simple, each person brings what you want: food, drinks, chairs and a stick of firewood for a big bonfire. Nothing will be provided but a beautiful beach, a bonfire and, hopefully, a full moon.
Put these dates for the Full Moon Bonfires on your calendar:
Tuesday, January 2 (Change of bonfire date to avoid conflict with college bowl games)
Thursday, February 1 (Another reschedule due to conflict with Seabrook Island Birders event)
Thursday, March 1
There’s always plenty of room on the beach for everyone, so invite a friend or bring your house guests.
How the Full Moon got its name
Per Old Farmers Almanac (https://www.almanac.com/content/full-moon-names):
December: Full Cold Moon – This is the month when the winter cold fastens its grip and the nights become long and dark. This full Moon is also called the Long Nights Moon by some Native American tribes.
From Farmers Almanac (https://www.farmersalmanac.com/full-moon-names/):
The Full Cold Moon; or the Full Long Nights Moon – December During this month the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest. It is also sometimes called the Moon before Yule. The term Long Night Moon is a doubly appropriate name because the midwinter night is indeed long, and because the Moon is above the horizon for a long time. The midwinter full Moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite a low Sun.
I found another web site (http://newsclipper.hubpages.com/hub/The-Moon-Facts-Trivia-and-Folklore) This site also says the Cherokee Indians called it the Snow Moon and the English Medieval name was Oak Moon.
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-Submitted by Judy Morr