Moon Week 2017

When the “Full Cold Moon” rises on Sunday night (Dec. 3) it will also mark the first (and last) “supermoon” of 2017. Supermoons happen when a full moon approximately coincides with the moon’s perigee, or a point in its orbit at which it is closest to Earth. This makes the moon appear up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual.
This week the moon will be visible in the late afternoon/early evening and in the early/late morning.  With the skies being mostly clear it will be a great week for ‘moon-gazing’.  We will continue talking about the stars, the moon, shiny things and light.

Fun facts about the PHASES OF THE MOON
When we look into the sky the moon does not always look the same.

  • Explain to your child that the moon is always the same shape, round.
  • However, the moon does not have light of its own and we can only see the moon by the light of the sun.
  • Sometimes the light from the sun cannot reach the whole moon and we can only see part of it.
  • We call these different shapes that the light of the sun on the moon creates – The Phases of the Moon.
  • Sometimes the moon looks like a circle, some times it looks like half a circle and most of the time it looks like a funny section of a circle.
  • Every month, we are able to see at least one full moon.
  • When we are able to see two full moon’s, we call the second moon a “Blue Moon”.