A Full Moon streaking across the night skies next week will dazzle stargazers all around the globe. The full Beaver Moon Rising The Full Moon in November is named after beavers who build their winter dams at this time of year. In ancient times, it was common to track the changing seasons by following the lunar month rather than the solar year, which the 12 months in our modern calendar are based on. For millennia, people across Europe, as well as Native American tribes, named the months after features they associated with the Northern Hemisphere seasons. The full moon will reach full phase on Nov. 12th 2019, at 13:34 Universal Time. The Moon will appear full for about three days centered on this time. On the morning of the full Moon on Nov. 12, 2019, as morning twilight begins, the planet Mars will appear in the east with the bright star Spica appearing to the right of Mars. On the evening of the full Moon on Nov. 12, 2019, as evening twilight ends, the brightest planet in the sky will be Venus. You can see bright Venus in the west-southwest. Second in brightness, Jupiter, will appear in the southwest. Saturn will appear in the south-southwest. Over the lunar month the planets Jupiter and Saturn will appear to shift towards the west each evening, while Venus will appear to shift in the opposite direction low along the horizon in the west-southwest. Venus will appear to pass less than 1.5 degrees from Jupiter on the evenings of Saturday and Sunday, November 23 and 24. Watch for the young Moon to fly by Jupiter, Venus and Saturn in late November 2019. As you make your lunar observations, remember that for many thousands of years the cycles of the Moon and Sun were the basis of human timekeeping. Many traditional cultures still rely on these cycles to mark special events. Clear Skies Everyone!