November’s full Moon is called the Beaver Moon. What is the reference to the Beaver? The beaver at this time of year begins to get their homes ready, supplied with food for the long winter.
November 11, 12 - Northern Taurids Meteor Shower. The Northern Taurids is a long-running minor meteor shower producing only about 5-10 meteors per hour. The Northern Taurids is produced by dust grains left behind by an asteroid. Best viewing will be just after midnight. Meteors can be seen from the constellation Taurus, but can appear anywhere.
November 16, 17 - Leonids Meteor Shower. This shower is unique in that it has a cyclonic peak about every 33 years where hundreds of meteors per hour can be seen. The Leonids are produced by dust grains. The shower runs annually from November 6-30. It peaks this year on the night of the 16th and morning of the 17th. The crescent moon will set early in the evening leaving dark skies for what should be an excellent show.
November 30 - Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth's partial shadow, or penumbra. During this type of eclipse the Moon will darken slightly but not completely. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of North America, the Pacific Ocean, and northeastern Asia including Japan.
Who invented Thanksgiving?
In the middle of the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln, prompted by a series of editorials written by Sarah Josepha Hale, proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day, to be celebrated on the 26th, the final Thursday of November 1863.
Who was Sarah Josepha Hale? Hale used her persuasive writings to support the creation of Thanksgiving as a national holiday. Beginning in 1846, she charged the president and other leading politicians to push for the national celebration of Thanksgiving, which was then only celebrated in the Northeast. Her requests for recognition were largely ignored by politicians until 1863. While the nation was in the middle of the Civil War, President Lincoln signed into action “A National Day of Thanksgiving and Praise.” Hale’s letter to Lincoln is often cited as the main factor in his decision.