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.
The Big Dipper is as low as it gets along the northern horizon. At 6:20 PM EST, the right edge of the “bowl” of the Dipper is exactly above north. Follow the line formed by these two stars, the “pointer stars”, and they will guide you up to the North Star, Polaris, located half way between the horizon and the zenith.