Pat Shingleton: "A Moon That is Cold..."
Tuesday evening's full moon was termed the "Full Cold Moon" by Native Americans. A full Moon reflecting off of a snow surface increases "moonlight." David Levy once noted in an article "Why We Have A Moon," that the orb fulfills multiple purposes. When asked, "How did the Moon get here?" he explained that Earth had a "bad day" 4 and-a-half billion years ago when the planet was spurting massive volcanoes. The planets were closer and the moon was about 10,000 miles away. Earth was rotating faster and a day lasted only 10 hours. Today, with a 24-hour day, the moon is sliding away at about 3 feet every century and is now 240,000 miles out. For your viewing pleasure Moonrise tonight will occur at 6:33, setting at 7:41 am.