The Moon is still a few days from being Full, though it certainly brightens the evening skies, subduing most stars, but not the dazzling Jupiter to the Moon’s right. Jupiter, of course, is no stranger to moons, having an astounding entourage of 95 confirmed moons, though only 8 of them have regular orbits, including the 4 large Galilean moons discovered in 1610 by Galileo, using a telescope.

As twilight arrives, the nearly-Full Moon rises in the east-northeast, becoming Full early tomorrow morning, directly opposite the Sun. Like most Full Moons, this one passes just outside the Earth’s shadow, which means there won’t be a Lunar Eclipse. The tilted orbit of the Moon, and the timing, won’t be right for a Lunar Eclipse until March of 2025.

The Moon was full early this morning, known as the Full “Beaver” Moon. It gets its name from the Algonquin tribes of the northeast, though its meaning is uncertain. It could be the time of trapping beavers for their furs for the winter ahead, or when beavers themselves are preparing their lodges for the coming season.