I looked but didn’t see any worms. Too cold, I guess.
Great captures! The moon has been remarkably yellow-orange all week. I wonder if there’s a particular atmospheric explanation.
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Thanks! Generally the lower in the sky, the more of the Earth’s atmosphere the light travels through which adds color. If it coincides with the setting sun, like it did last night, it is even richer and more towards the orange. And as you mention, atmospheric conditions beyond just the layers of air can enhance that. I am no atmospheric scientist but that is my understanding. Another blogger, Jim R, knows more about this and if he stops by may be able to shed more light on the subject.
We had the deepest orange sunset I’ve ever seen last night. Unfortunately, I was tending to assorted bits of business at the time and not in a position to take photos, but it was extraordinary. The sun itself looked like a huge, orange egg yolk — from a free range hen that had been eating some really good food. It was huge as it approached the horizon, and even more colorful than your first photo of the moon. Who knows? Maybe our days-long industrial fire threw enough pollutants into the air to account for it.
In any event, your moon’s just as lovely. I’m hoping for a chance to see it rise tonight. I’d never heard the name ‘worm moon,’ but the explanation I found made sense: that it appears when the earth is softening, and birds like robins that feed on earthworms are able to find them again.
You may well be right about the industrial fire accounting for at least some of the sunset color in your area. After the huge eruption of Krakatoa in 1883, people around the world reported unusually vivid sunsets:
As wondrous as the effects of Krakatoa may have been, I hope to never see that during what remains of my life, nor that of the rest of us either.
I have not witnessed smoky moons or suns, but some of the most colorful orbs I have seen photographed were the results of massive fires. I would guess that it is a combination of the moon or sun being low in the sky, the light traveling through so many layers of our atmosphere and the smoke. These shots were taken as the sun set so all that red reflected off the moon and lit up the sky for my camera.
This is the first time for me too, hearing “worm moon.” Linda saw an egg yolk, I see one of those McVitie’s biscuits they eat in England. Great shot!
I am not familiar with those biscuits, so I will Google them. I just had someone grousing on my Facebook post of these about naming the moon and who thought they should…maybe the Weather Channel. My understanding is that most of the names, if not all, are from Native Americans…aside from the Super Moon moniker.
I hadn’t heard until this year that this was the Worm Moon – it just does not have a good ring to it, in my mind. Maybe in another language it works better. But your photos are gorgeous. And I hate to tell you, but we have worms here….
I am sure that we have worms here now too as the hordes of robins have returned. All depends on how one sees worms, I guess. To the Native Americans it said Spring has returned with the robins. To me it means another fertile growing season in the gardens. 🙂
I’m all in favor of worms, it’s just the sound of “Worm Moon” – it doesn’t roll off the tongue easily. 🙂
Now that you put it that way….bleaahh! 🙂
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