Friday 25 June 2010

Full moon and lunar eclipse

There is a full moon on June 26 at 12.30 London time.

According to the online pagan calendar, June's full moon was called the Dyad Moon, meaning double or pair, in medieval times. Its Celtic name is Moon of Horses. One neopagan name for it is Planting Moon, while some people call it Strong Sun Moon. because it is close to the Summer Solstice.

There will also be a partial lunar eclipse that night. It is the first of two lunar eclipses in 2010. The second will be a total eclipse on December 21, 2010.

Sadly it won't be visible from the UK, but people in Australia and eastern Asia will be able to see it after sunset, while those in western North America and South America will be able to see it at about sunrise.

The picture above: Photographic Print of Full moon from Science Photo Library is available from Amazon.


1 comment:

James C. Wallace II said...

Having just sent you Magician of Oz and Shadow Demon of Oz, I then ran across your latest blog post about lunar eclipse. You'll be pleased to know that a total lunar eclipse plays a major role in the third volume of the Royal Magician of Oz trilogy; Family of Oz.

The night sky is an integral part of my stories, which is why I felt you might like them and consider a review of each.