How 2012's Full Moons Got Their Strange Names
by Joe Rao, SPACE.com Skywatching Columnist
Date: 06 January 2012 Time: 04:55 PM ET
An enhanced image of the Moon taken with the NOAO Mosaic
CCD camera using two NSF telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory.
The Moon is superimposed on a separate image of the sky.
Full moon names date back to Native Americans of a few hundred years ago, of what is now the northern and eastern United States. To keep track of the changing seasons, these tribes gave distinctive names to each recurring full moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred.
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