Sunday , January 24 2021

Vancouverites are sharing snapshots of last night’s ‘full beaver moon’ (PHOTOS).

Did you catch the glittering ‘beaver’ moon in the sky of Metro Vancouver over the weekend?

Did you catch the glittering ‘beaver’ moon in the sky of Metro Vancouver over the weekend?

While the moon was at its peak around 1:30 am on Sunday night, locals captured amazing glimpses of the illuminating heavenly body throughout the weekend.

November’s full moon is believed to have derived its funny name because it happened during the optimum time to capture the furry creatures. In fact, both colonial Americans, as well as the Algonquin tribes, referred to it that way.

“Why the ‘Beaver’ Moon? It’s the time of year when beavers begin to shelter in their cabins, having established enough food stores for the long winter ahead, “said the Farmer’s Almanac.

“During the period of the fur trade in North America, it was also a season to catch beavers for their thick, winter-ready pellets.”

Although commonly known as the Beaver Moon, it was also known as a Full Frost Moon by other North American Tribes.

Take a look at some of the photos captured around the Lower Mainland this weekend.

full-moon-vancityPhoto courtesy of John Preissl

full-moon-vancity-2Photo courtesy of John Preissl

Last month, astral observers were privy to two full moons, which made the second full moon a “blue moon.”

Last year, the September full moon was a full harvest moon, held in two out of three years. However, since the first full moon of October fell closest to the fall equinox this year, it had the title of harvest.

October’s second full moon occurred on Halloween, which occurs roughly once every 19 years and is a pattern known as the Metonic Cycle. This cycle occurs when the moon returns to exactly the same place in the sky with the same period, according to Astrocal.

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