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