Wednesday February 8, 2012

City Seen

Moonbeams Over Chilliwack

Variety of cultures celebrate Snow Moon as the new awakening

Staff/Voice photo


he full moon over Chilliwack Tuesday and Wednesday this week is commonly referred to as the "Snow Moon", a name the Algonquin Natives gave it due to the heavy late-winter snow.


A close-up photo of the moon over Chilliwack Wednesday night.


It marks the end of the solar winter which has seen least amount of daylight in the northern hemisphere than the other seasons.

We experience what's known as "seasonal lag" when the heat from summer and fall months overlaps onto the first part of winter, just as the cold from winter carries on into the first part of spring.

The February full moon is also called the Hunger Moon due to dwindling food supplies, Storm Moon, Wolf Moon and a Candles Moon because it makes reference to the light from candles which (in many traditions) serve as a representation of the celebrations of Imbolc. In the Celtic Tree Calendar it's called the Luis (Rowan) Moon.

This photo shows a view Wednesday looking east down Southlands Drive.

Buddhist's call it Navam Poya and Hindus refer to the moon as Magh Poornima. If you're a Goddess you'd refer to the lunar event as Bridhe.

Candlemas, The Festival of Lights, and Brigantia are some of the moon festivals celebrated around the world. But the common denominator for all the celebrations is that this moon signals a new awakening and cycle of growth, when the days begin to grow longer and the thaw takes place.

People can have a little fun with it and name their own moon. Most when choosing a name for their moon go with something along the lines of their chosen path in life or a prominent feature of their personality.

Venus, the "evening star" is putting on a show until the end of the month and Jupiter is dazzling us from within the Aries constellation. Venus is easily discernible and usually the first star you see twinkling in a deepening azure sky. Sirius, the north star, forever reigns as the most luminescent.

A full moon happens when its on the opposite side of Earth from the sun, so that its face is entirely illuminated by sunlight. Eclipses take place when the moon passes through the Earth's shadow at certain times of the year when it is in the proper alignment with the sun and moon.

Skywatchers will get a treat on February 25 and 26, when Venus, Jupiter and the moon will appear very close together.

Jupiter and Venus are currently the brightest objects in the night sky after the moon and Sirius, which is the brightest star in the sky

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