If you've opened your weather app lately — or left the house, really — you're aware that the warm weather has finally decided to go south for the winter. At long last we can make use of our sweaters! Which is a good thing, because you'll definitely need to be bundled up during the first weekend of November when the Full Moon rises. I mean, it's not called the "Frost Moon" for nothing. Even better, astronomers are saying it's almost a "supermoon," which means it will undoubtedly be a spectacle to gawk at or dance under. However you decide to act in its celestial presence, you'll certainly want to know when the best time to see the Frost Moon is. You may have seen many full moons in your life, but there's nothing like a beaming orb of beauty in frosty air that captures your breath to make it feel a little more magical than usual.
My breath is always taken away under this astronomical wonder that graces our sky every month. With these dropping temperatures, your breath might literally be taken away by the crisp air and aptly dubbed Frost Moon, so keep insulated under layers of the cable knit sweaters you can finally use. Though cold, the energy from this moon is warm. While astronomists say this moon will almost be as large as a supermoon because of the time of its occurrence, astrologists say this moon is all about re-energizing. The moon can illuminate a lot more than just a path in the woods.
November's full moon is also referred to as the Beaver Moon, once dubbed by the Algonquin Tribes, because now would be the time they collected warm furs for the winter as the rivers frosted over (hence, Frost Moon). But all you have to do is go to your winter storage closet to make sure your puffer jacket is still there. You'll want to do this before Friday, Nov. 3 and Saturday, Nov. 4 when the moon is ready for its close up!
You'll get the best view between 10:23 p.m. on Nov. 3 to 1:23 a.m. EST on Nov. 4 when the full moon crests, according to the Farmer's Almanac. Of course for U.S. residents, time zones are a real thing and that can affect your viewing. Farmer Almanac has your lunar curiosity's back here by offering a schedule according to your location. While Brooklyn's best bet at a high-res image of the moon — to spread across your social channels, of course — can be captured at 1:24 a.m. on Saturday Nov. 4, those in Beverly Hills will find it best to stare at 10:24 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3. It's all about the details.
Space.com is reporting that if you're a New York City resident, you might want to get to a roof top or take the subway to flatter grounds. The moon is set to rise at 5:57 p.m. and supposed to set at 7:40 a.m. the following morning. Here's the grand finale and why it might be worth to take the train to Fort Tilden, or somewhere with a clear horizon: the sun will rise at 7:30 a.m. Meaning, for a grand 10 minutes in time, the moon and sun will share a sky. This passing of orbital objects will stoke excitement in the heart of your younger science-fair self. It's one of the very best ways you can start the first weekend in November.
Gather your gang and follow that beaming orb in the night sky to more open land. While you stay warm with blankets and sweaters and canisters of soup, you might also want to dance. You know, to stay warm.