Full illu-MOON-ation: Chicago’s up­com­ing full moons

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - CHICAGO WEATHER CENTER -

The full moon, the most vis­i­ble fea­ture in the night sky, has al­ways cap­tured mankind’s at­ten­tion and imag­i­na­tion. Through­out his­tory, cul­tures around the world have fo­cused upon the moon, fas­ci­nated not only by its beauty, but also by its pre­dictable monthly cy­cles. Leg­end and folk­lore have pro­vided a plethora of names for the an­nual pa­rade of full moons, many of them as­so­ci­ated with the pre­vail­ing weather con­di­tions or agri­cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties con­cur­rent with the month or sea­son. Many of the names can be at­trib­uted to the Na­tive Amer­i­can tribes liv­ing in the east­ern United States, but other full moon names can be traced back to me­dieval or pa­gan times. A full moon oc­curs ev­ery 29.5306 days in a pe­riod re­ferred to as the lu­nar cy­cle.

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