Beaver Moon and the Transit of Mercury

The Full Moon in November is called the Beaver Moon, because of the Old Farmer’s Almanac state that is when the eponymous animals become active to prepare for winter. What is eponymous?  Eponym refers to a name being the source of terms for other things; such as, nations, tribes, places, animals, social nomenclature.

For the sunrise pictures, I used my Nikon D7100 with the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.8 G lens.  For the “transit of Mercury”, used Nikon DFX AF-S Nikkor 55-300mm 1:4.5-5.6 G ED lens.

The Full Moon is on 11th of November the same day Mercury transits the sun. The forecast for the 11th is calling for clear to partially cloudy skies in the morning and mostly cloudy in the evening.   The skies  were partially cloudy for the transit of Mercury, which start at 07:36 EST, but by 09:00 it was overcast, and last for 5 1/2 hours. I can only hope for the best for the Full Moon in the evening at 16:56 EST.  The “transit of Mercury” is when the tiny planet Mercury scoot across the sun’s face on 11th for the last time until 2032.  In the pictures below, Mercury shows up as a dot in the lower left hand corner.  

The two picture were taken at Fort Macon State Park in Atlantic Beach, NC. I used my Nikon D7100 with N22 Sun Filter. The shutter speed was to 1/125, with an aperture set at f/8, and an ISO of 125. I am a member to the Crystal Coast Stargazers, which is based out of Morehead City, and members setup telescopes at Fort Macon Visitor Center.

Let take a step back, the weekend was gorgeous on the cool side, but and clear skies.  I was not sure what the weather conditions would be like on November 11 (Veteran’s Day) for moonrise.  So I started taking pictures on Sunday also.

 

I used my Nikon D7100 camera with the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 55-300 zoom lens.  The picture was taken at 17:05 along the water front in Oriental, NC.  My Shutter Speed was to 1/250, and the aperture to f/4.8, and  ISO of 800.  The  Moon was 96% full on Sunday.  Again I used my Nikon D7100 camera with the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 55-300 zoom lens.  My Shutter Speed was to 1/250, and the aperture to f/8, and ISO of 250.

I luck out and it was partially sunny, so after the dog park, I took my girls to Oriental for the moonrise.  The Moon would be coming up in the eastern sky at 16:56 from 76 degrees.

 

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