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Thanksgiving full moon is a beaver, not a turkey
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By Marcus Schneck | mschneck@pennlive.com
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November’s full moon will crest at 12:39 a.m. Friday, November 23. That means the full moon this month will be visible on Thanksgiving night, November 22.

It’s not going to be a supermoon or a blue moon or anything out-of-the-ordinary, but it will mark the transition from the day of feasting and family into the chaos of Black Friday.

Native Americans knew the full moon of November as the Beaver Moon, as it marked the time of year to set traps for beavers before the wetlands froze over but usually with enough time to bring in a supply of warm furs for the coming winter.

Some tribes also knew the November full moon as the Frost Moon for the atmospheric event that occurs repeatedly in autumn and the Geese Going Moon for the annual migration overhead.

The moon produces no light of its own and merely reflects the light of the sun, but it is the brightest object in our night sky. Sunlight is 398,110 times brighter than moon shine.

After the Thanksgiving full moon phase, the moon will be waxing gibbous until entering its last quarter on Friday, November 30.