Full August Moon – August 20, 2013

Last night we had a beautiful, full August Moon, in Vancouver, BC, Canada [in the Pacific Time Zone], with moonrise starting at 6:45 P.M. We had clear blue skies, and only a few clouds. I went on a photographic shoot to the top of Grouse Mountain from 5:00-10:30 P.M [I have an Annual pass that also allows me to take up four other guests at 1/2 price?]….Glad I took an extra sweater; forgot about all of the mosquitoes and no-see-ums that would be waiting to eat me alive…forgot my Muskol. Took lots of photographs and videographs that I will get around to posting, in a while.

>> Sound On – This best viewed in FULL SCREEN (the small icon at the bottom right of this video). If you only have a slow speed Internet connection you may want to wait until you have access to a high speed connection (IE: WiFi Hotspot – at a nearby restaurant or library).

Full moon rising over the Burrard Bridge in Vancouver, BC, Canada

This is not my work. This previous full moonrise video was taken through the Burrard Bridge from Vancouver’s West End.

After the full moon, but before it reaches the last (third) quarter moon, the Moon is also called a waning gibbous moon.

Phases of the moon 1. New Moon 2. Waxing quart...

Phases of the moon 1. New Moon 2. Waxing quarter, first quarter 3. Waxing half, first half 4. Waxing three quarters 5. Full moon 6. Waning three quarters 7. Waning half, last half 8. Waning quarter, last quarter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  1. From the perspective of the Northern Hemisphere this will show on the left side of the moon between 51–99% lit disc.
  2. From the perspective of the Southern Hemisphere this will show on the right side of the moon between 51–99% lit disc.

Of course there are many, many resources on the Internet to help us get a better understanding of most any topic.

  1. One of the newest and best, in my opinion, comes from one of the oldest references. It is an online calculator of The Old Farmer’s Almanac now with an online Moon Phase Calender (just enter your own location – I had set my location as Vancouver, BC, Canada, – only as an example). It even provides, to the minute, the phase changes. Just enter your location and the rest seems pure magic: IE: Moon Phases and Lunar Calendar for Thorsby, Alberta (T0C 2P0), 100 Mile House, BC (V0K 2E0) and Quesnel, BC.
  2. LiveScience is a science news website run by TechMediaNetwork. It has a great graphic showing the relative elevation of the ISS – The International Space Stations – Down to the tops of the Tallest Mountains – and then down to the bottom of the Deepest Oceans. At the very bottom of the graphic you are also given the opportunity to purchase the graphic Online.
  3. NASA has an Eclipse website for Eclipse links [give the date and time (Universal Time)] of all phases of the Moon for the six thousand year period -1999 to +4000 (2000 BCE to 4000 CE).
  4. Space.com has some articles about August’s Blue Moon: Lunar Oddity of Night Sky Explained
  5. UniverseToday has a website for Phases of the Moon, showing 8 Phases of the Moon.
  6. Wikipedia: Lunar phase – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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