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WeatherTalk: The full moon is approaching

The actual moment of the full moon is Monday evening.

Cartoon of John Wheeler with a speech bubble depicting weather events
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Clouds permitting, the moon will appear full from tonight through Tuesday night with the actual moment of the full moon Monday evening at 5:48 p.m. Central Time. The moon easily grabs one's attention. It is so bright and its position and phase change regularly and noticeably. When the phase of the moon is full, it is particularly noticeable — at least if the sky is not too cloudy — because it is very bright and dominates the sky from sundown to sunup, whereas other phases are only in the sky for part of the night.

Phases of the moon are a simple matter of light and shadow and our perspective here on Earth. The lit portion of the moon is being bathed in sunlight and the dark portion is in shadow. A lunar eclipse happens when the full moon passes through the sun's shadow made by the Earth. There will be two total lunar eclipses this year on May 16 and Nov. 8.

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John Wheeler is Chief Meteorologist for WDAY, a position he has had since May of 1985. Wheeler grew up in the South, in Louisiana and Alabama, and cites his family's move to the Midwest as important to developing his fascination with weather and climate. Wheeler lived in Wisconsin and Iowa as a teenager. He attended Iowa State University and achieved a B.S. degree in Meteorology in 1984. Wheeler worked about a year at WOI-TV in central Iowa before moving to Fargo and WDAY..
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