Half-blood thunder moon, plus bonus Sunspots

Tomorrow (Tuesday) is the full moon sometimes known as buck moon or thunder moon.  This is supposedly the time of year when the deer antlers are full grown, also lots of thunderstorms.  Having seen both deer and storms within the last 48 hours, I can confirm the thunderstorm part.  The deer however not so much – it wandered into the yard where I was having a conversation then wandered out a different direction, after perusing the garden and having a quick snack (not my garden, so bon appétit).  Zero antlers.

The full moon coincides with a partial eclipse, also known as “half-blood” moon or smiley face moon, where the moon turns red but with a crescent of light. It will not be visible in North America, but will appear in South America, Europe and Africa on July 16, and in Asia and Oceania on July 17. So maybe we can expect a little howling from the other side of the Pond.

Not to be outdone, the sun has also entered a new sunspot phase. We are now at solar minimum in the 11-year sunspot cycle. No sunspots have been observed for the last couple of weeks. Today’s NASA photo of the day shows the international space station crossing a spotless sun.

In fact, a few sunspots from Solar Cycle 25 have already been spotted earlier in July, identified by their polarity.  According to Hale’s Law, the polarity of sunspots reverses from one cycle to the next.

Radio buffs do follow these sunspot reports, as they have an effect on transmissions. Why do you suppose all the best CB songs are from the 70s?

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