The penultimate full moon of 2023, also known as the ‘Beaver Moon’, promises to provide an interesting spectacle for astronomy buffs and sky watchers on November 27.

Forbes reports that during this full moon, the moon will appear larger and take on an orange color for about 15-20 minutes.

This apparent color change is due to the fact that the moon is at an altitude that exposes it to the densest part of the earth’s atmosphere. Long-wavelength red and orange light travel through the atmosphere more easily than short-wavelength blue light. The blue light hits more particles and scatters, while the orange and red waves remain relatively intact.

This phenomenon creates an impressive image in the sky, making the moon an extremely interesting sight. Full moons always offer an opportunity to marvel at the beauty of the moon and connect with the vast beauty of the universe.

The name “Beaver Moon” comes from the Native American peoples and is related to the habits of the animals during the period. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, full moons get their names from natural phenomena that occur during the month.

In November, beavers begin to prepare for winter. After they have gathered enough food, they retreat to their nests to protect themselves from the weather. Native American peoples observed this behavior of beavers during November, and thus the full moon of that month was called the “Beaver Moon.”