Good Morning - Today is: Monday, 8 August 2022 07:35:18 NZST
Current: 8.2°C, Max: 10.7°C, Min: 8.1°C
FORECAST: Showers this morning becoming a steady light rain during the afternoon hours. High 14C. Winds SE at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 70%. It feels like 7.5°C. 4 clothing layers recommended.
Station Forecast: Fairly fine, improving | Sunrise: 07:16 | Sunset: 17:31 | Dawn: 06:47 | Dusk: 18:00
Weather Forecast
Temperature : Current trend is Falling, changing by -0.4 °C/hr  8.2°C, 96%   Pressure : Current trend is Rising, changing by 0.7 hPa/hr  1011.2hPa
Based upon today's weather there is a Low Fire Danger (restrictions may apply)
Fire Danger
Wind Speed :  NE  Current wind speed is Calm (F0) from NE (43°) 1km/h   Wind Gust : Current trend is Steady 3km/h
Air Quality :  0 AQI  0.1ug/m3   Rainfall : Current trend is Steady 0.6mm
Sun Light : 1.6kLux, 0.4hrs   Solar UV :  0.2UVI  13W/m2
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Current Moon Phase
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous
Moon Rise Time: 12:47
Moon Set Time: 03:31
Moon Age: 10 Days
Moon Visability: 75%

Moon Phase Calendar
Moon phase calendar for Palmerston North

Names Of The Moon Cycles And Phases
The complete cycle of moon phases beginning with the new moon and ending with the next new moon. Lunation has an average duration of 29.5 days.
New Moon
New Moon
The moon's not visible in the sky. Except during a solar eclipse.
Waxing Crescent
Waxing Crescent
The moon's less than one-half illuminated by the sun but less than one quarter illuminated. The waxing crescent occurs when the moon is illumination is increasing.
First Quarter
First Quarter
The moon's one-half illuminated by the sun. The first quarter occurs when the moon is illumination is increasing.
Waxing Gibbous
Waxing Gibbous
The moon's more than one-half illuminated by the sun but not completely illuminated. The waxing gibbous occurs when the moon is illumination is increasing.
Full Moon
Full Moon
The moon's totally visible in the sky. Except during a lunar eclipse!
Waning Gibbous
Waning Gibbous
The moon's more than one-half illuminated by the sun but not completely illuminated. The waning gibbous occurs when the moon is illumination is decreasing.
Last Quarter
Last Quarter
The moon's one-half illuminated by the sun. The last quarter occurs when the moon is illumination is decreasing.
Waning Crescent
Waning Crescent
The moon's less than one-half illuminated by the sun but less than one quarter illuminated. The waning crescent occurs when the moon is illumination is decreasing.

About The Full Moon Names, Their Meanings And Occurrences

Full Moon names date back to Native Americans, of what is now the northern and eastern United States. The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred. There was some variation in the Moon names, but in general, the same ones were current throughout the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior. European settlers followed that custom and created some of their own names. Since the lunar month is only 29 days long on the average, the full Moon dates shift from year to year. Here is the Farmers Almanac’s list of the full Moon names.

Please Note: The information below relates to the Southern Hemisphere.

The Full Buck Moon – January January is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, for the reason that thunderstorms are most frequent during this time. Another name for this month’s Moon was the Full Hay Moon.

Full Sturgeon Moon – February The fishing tribes are given credit for the naming of this Moon, since sturgeon, a large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water, were most readily caught during this month. A few tribes knew it as the Full Red Moon because, as the Moon rises, it appears reddish through any sultry haze. It was also called the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon.

Full Corn Moon or Full Harvest Moon – March This full moon’s name is attributed to Native Americans because it marked when corn was supposed to be harvested. Most often, the March full moon is actually the Harvest Moon, which is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox. In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in March, but in some years it occurs in April. At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this Moon. Usually the full Moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the Moon seems to rise at nearly the same time each night: just 25 to 30 minutes later across the U.S., and only 10 to 20 minutes later for much of Canada and Europe. Corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice the chief Indian staples are now ready for gathering.

Full Hunter’s Moon or Full Harvest Moon – April This full Moon is often referred to as the Full Hunter's Moon, Blood Moon, or Sanguine Moon. Many moons ago, Native Americans named this bright moon for obvious reasons. The leaves are falling from trees, the deer are fattened, and it's time to begin storing up meat for the long winter ahead. Because the fields were traditionally reaped in late March or early April, hunters could easily see fox and other animals that come out to glean from the fallen grains. Probably because of the threat of winter looming close, the Hunter's Moon is generally accorded with special honor, historically serving as an important feast day in both Western Europe and among many Native American tribes.

Full Beaver Moon – May This was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Full Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter. It is sometimes also referred to as the Frosty Moon.

The Full Cold Moon; or the Full Long Nights Moon – June During this month the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest. It is also sometimes called the Moon before Yule. The term Long Night Moon is a doubly appropriate name because the midwinter night is indeed long, and because the Moon is above the horizon for a long time. The midwinter full Moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite a low Sun.

Full Wolf Moon – July Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for July’s full Moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to the next Moon.

Full Snow Moon – August Since the heaviest snow usually falls during this month, native tribes of the north and east most often called August’s full Moon the Full Snow Moon. Some tribes also referred to this Moon as the Full Hunger Moon, since harsh weather conditions in their areas made hunting very difficult.

Full Worm Moon – September As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. The more northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter.

Full Pink Moon – October This name came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names for this month’s celestial body include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes the Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.

Full Flower Moon – November In most areas, flowers are abundant everywhere during this time. Thus, the name of this Moon. Other names include the Full Corn Planting Moon, or the Milk Moon.

Full Strawberry Moon – December This name was universal to every Algonquin tribe. However, in Europe they called it the Rose Moon. Also because the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries comes each year during the month of December. . . so the full Moon that occurs during that month was christened for the strawberry!

Blue Moon The full moon occurs once every 29.5 days. This essentially means that there is one full moon every month. However, as we know, every month but February has at least 30 days in it, which presents the potential for two full moons in a month. The term Blue Moon can refer to the second full moon in a given month. When people say "once in a blue moon" they are speaking to the rarity of the occurrence of a second moon happening in the same given month.

Lunar Eclipse An eclipse of the moon occurs when the earth is in a direct line between the sun and the moon. The moon does not have any light of its own, instead, it reflects the sun's light. During a lunar eclipse, the moon is in the earth's shadow. It will often look dim and sometimes copper or orange in colour. Also known as a "Blood Moon".

Perigee and Apogee Moon The Moon's orbit around Earth is elliptical. The point of the orbit closest to Earth is called perigee, while the point farthest from Earth is known as apogee. Often a Perigee moon is called a "Blood Moon" or "Supermoon" due to the red colouration it may have. It can appear 14% bigger than a regular full moon.

The Moon Phase information has been adapted for the Southern Hemisphere, sourced from: Farmers' Almanac - and refrenced in our bibliography.