By Jeff Salter
It’s no secret I enjoy inviting Guest Foxes to Hound Day here at 4F1H. But sometimes I forget to schedule anyone until it’s too late in the week. Fortunately, this week, I was already in communication with Lynn Spangler about my recent guest appearance on HER blog. And, since our 4F1H scheduled topic this week – the moon and/or stars – kinda threw me, I begged for her assistance. Lucky I did, because Lynn knows nearly everything about the moon. Read on:
Under the Light of the Orange Moon
By Lynn Spangler
Last week as we were driving along I looked toward the horizon and saw the most beautiful, orange, full moon. It loomed large and I felt like I could reach out and touch it. This happening got me to wondering what caused such a phenomenon. After a little research I found out the following information.
A mere optical illusion causes the moon to look larger on the horizon than it does high up in the night sky. I read an article that stated if you hold an aspirin up to the moon on the horizon then later in the evening held it up to the moon high in the sky, the aspirin would cover both. Your eyes play tricks on you because when the moon appears on the horizon, it is actually the farthest away from you.
As for the color, that’s a little more complicated. The visible light of the moon is made up of different colors: red, orange, yellow, blue, green and purple (which together appear white). As the light rays approach the earth on a clear night and the moon is overhead, they all reach the earth creating the white appearance.
When there is smog and pollution in the atmosphere, the light rays have more difficulty reaching the earth. The waves of color become dispersed in the atmosphere, scattering the light rays. Only the strongest light rays reach your eyes…red, orange, and yellow. These colors have the longest wavelengths. This creates the orange moon.
Now that we’ve dispensed with the scientific mumbo-jumbo, let’s focus on what this orange moon is often called. It is referred to as a harvest moon or hunter’s moon. This is an occurrence that takes place in September or October, which are common harvest months.
For me, the harvest moon is a close second favorite to a full moon on a clear winter night when the stars are shining bright and the moon illuminates all that is below. Though I’m not a fan of snow, it is beautiful when moonlight reflects off the surface making the night seem even brighter.
Do you marvel at the sight of a large, looming orange moon or a full moon on a starlit night? Tell me what you think.
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I live in South Central Pennsylvania with my wonderful, loving husband and my beautiful daughter. I also have a son who is currently serving in the U.S. Navy. I have a cat named Kolzig and a dog named Cede who allow us to live with them.
I love to write and read. I also make jewelry when the mood strikes. I’m a huge sports fan. I love football, NASCAR, and hockey. I’m also a bit of a game show freak. I love old game shows from the 70s and 80s like Match Game and $25,000 Pyramid. Television shows like Criminal Minds and The Voice are also favorites of mine.
Fascinating information about the moon! I think most cultures have customs, legends, and superstitions centering on the moon. They’re fun to read, but it’s nice to know the facts, too.
I love knowing the real story behind things. One of my fav. radio segments was Paul Harvey’s “The Rest of the Story”. Though he also put out some of them in book form, of course.
I had so much fun researching the orange moon I had seen.
Thanks for stopping by
Delighted to Welcome Lynn Spangler as my Guest Fox this week.
Hope we have a big crowd here all day Thursday. And we’re getting an early start late on Wed. night!
Thanks for having me as you guest, Jeff!
Welcome to 4F1H, Lynn !!
Thanks for the info on the moon. It allowed me to show off in front of my girls for once 😉 LOL, sorry for taking the credit!
Your book sounds great … I look forward to reading it SOON. And as for the cat named …. hmmm, I wonder whether your love for hockey had anything to do with the choice of name 😉
Lol on taking credit! No problem.
Yes, my cat was indeed named after Olaf Kolzig!
I hope you enjoy my book!
If we hadn’t named out cat King Sipper (monarch of all the feline universe), we could have used a hockey player’s name. He’s always got a slap shot going on.
Klolzig can bat small objects like a pro. He’s so fun to watch. He likes to attack our small area rug. He’s very comical!
I just picked up on it, cos it’s such a german word 🙂
You two will need to post pics of your cats !
I have to admit to being partial to the New Moon and have always thought the Blue Moon was overrated. When I was a child, I would watch the moon at night and think it was zooming through the sky. I could never figure out how it moved so fast yet stayed in the sky all night. Then I got a little bit older and realized it was the clouds that were moving so fast! 🙂 Good read Lynn – thanks for sharing! On the cat side of things…I once had a cat named her Callie the Calico Cat (Callie for short). After we’d had her about a year my cousin pointed out that she was actually a Tortoiseshell and not a Calico at all…
LOL. It’s a shame that your cousin saw fit to bust your Calico bubble. I suppose it’s nice to know the raw facts about things, but I hope you didn’t change her name to Tortie or something. Ha.
I found the harvest moon so stunningly beautiful and immediately became curious as to why it happened. Hard to believe something as ugly as smog and pollution creates such a gorgeous sight.
We had a calico named Calle (named after a hockey player) and a tortoiseshell named Kjell (pronounced Shell- also named after a hockey player.) According to our vet, she was a calico as well just not the kind that comes to mind when you hear the word calico.
Welcome again to 4F,1H, Lynn.It is also always nice to see your comments.
You have it right…I don’t know if you are interested in astronomy at all, but it seems that the best viewing is in the coldest weather!(We dang-near froze to death getting a couple of glimpses of Halley’s Comet!)
I never ceased to be amazed at how incredibly big the Moon seems to look in pictures from say, Hawaii or Afghanistan, sometimes, it looks like it will collide with us.If you are wondering why I capitalized the M, think about it and tune in to my post tomorrow!
I’m not overly fond of astronomy but I love a clear, cool night. The stars seem so bright and mesmerizing. I often find myself staring up at the sky at night when I take the dog out. I can make out a few constellations but for the most part I only know they’re beautiful.
so, wonder what you have in store for us tomorrow.
I saw Halley’s Comet , but thru weak binocs, so it was not very impressive.
Like Lynn, I’m not an astronomer … but I do love the dark night sky and the thousands of stars.
Lynn, you sound like what i have been doing for a number of years, no real star-gazing. Jeff,Joe took me out into plains of Colorado away from city lights in the wee hours of the mornings TWICE, to freeze my patootie but see Halley’s Comet…not really worth it.I hear we have quite a treat in store for us later in the year, though.Lynn, even you will take a look,I’m sure!
Tomorrow isn’t scientific, Jeff….(just a little spoiler there.)
Belatedly, I want to thank Lynn Spangler for being my Guest Fox for yesterday. Anyone else who wants to leave a comment is welcome to do so and I’ll be sure to tell Lynn about it.