The Reflected Full Moon Walk at Sacred Coldwater Springs.
Thursday May 7, 2020.
Gather at the park entrance, 7pm.
Park at pay meters on the access road via credit card/quarters.
The gray color of the moon is caused by the light of the sun reflected off the earthâ€™s oceans. That factoid is reported by Ben Lewis in his bookÂ The Last LeonardoÂ noting that Leonardo was the first astronomer to observe the gray earth/ocean sunâ€™s reflection in the moon.
The moon is also reflected in Coldwater reservoir, gently moving as if breathing. For years Iâ€™ve thought of the full moon as the model for Leonardoâ€™sÂ Mona Lisa, and that he could only paint it one night a month. You can see that if you tilt your head slightly.
The Chinese see a rabbit in the moon where we are supposed to see â€œthe man inâ€ there. When rain approaches there is a rainbow around the moonÂ caused by a thin, very high cloud layer. Itâ€™s called a lunar halo. (see photo atÂ https://www.bing.com/search?q=rainbow+around+full+moon&form=EDGSPH&mkt=en-us&httpsmsn=1&msnews=1&plvar=0&refig=47318038d88a4b31accbd825c13bf426&PC=DCTE&sp=2&qs=AS&pq=rainbow+aroun&sk=PRES1AS1&sc=8-13&cvid=47318038d88a4b31accbd825c13bf426&cc=US&setlang=en-US) In daytime those rain forecasting clouds are called â€œmareâ€™s tails,â€ wispy cloud lines running across the sky warning sailors to trim their sails for the coming storm.
The month of April includes the 50thÂ anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, and Arbor Day two days later.
Friends of Coldwater seek to honor this landscape ancestor.Â Full moon walks have been celebrated at Coldwater Springs monthly since 2000.Â We return to remember theÂ spirits that feed this Spring.Â Please bring a rattle.
Sunset 8:27 pmÂ Â (38 minutes later than the previous full moon)
Moonrise 8:59 pmÂ Â (1 hour, 31 minutes later than last monthâ€™s full moon)
Exact minute of full moon 5:45 am, another Super Moon
The year in daylight on full moon days:
May 18,Â 2019Â Â 14 hours, 57 minutes daylight, 1 hour, 16 minute daylight gain
June 17thÂ 15 hours, 35 minutes daylight, 38 minute daylight gain â€“ No wonder the kids wonâ€™t go to bed!
July 16thÂ Â 15 hours, 13 minutes daylight, 22 minute daylight loss
August 15thÂ 14 hours, 13 minutes, 1 hour daylight loss
September 13thÂ 12 hours, 33 minutes, 1 hour, 50 minute daylight loss
NOTE: Wednesday, 9/25 we experience 12 hours of daylight & nighttime here.
October 13thÂ 11 hours, 6 minutes, 1 hour, 27 minute daylight loss
November 12thÂ Â 9 hours, 40 minutes, 1 hour, 26 minute daylight loss
December 11thÂ Â 8 hours, 52 minutes, 28 minute daylight loss
January 10, 2020Â Â 9 hours, 1 minute, 9 minute daylight gain
February 9thÂ 10 hours, 9 minute daylight gain
March 9thÂ Â 11 hours, 33 minute, 1 hour, 24 minute daylight gain
April 7thÂ Â 13 hours, 7 minute, 53 minute daylight gain
May 7thÂ Â 14 hours, 31 minute daylight gain
DIRECTIONS: Coldwater Springs is between Minnehaha Park & Fort Snelling, in Minneapolis, just North of the Hwy 55/62 interchange. From Hwy 55/Hiawatha, turn East (toward the Mississippi) at 54thÂ Street, take an immediate right, & drive all the way down on the frontage road where you can park at the pay meters.
Gather at the park entrance.
All welcome. Dress for the weather, especially sturdy footwear. We celebrate the full moon in all-weather however the length of the walk depends on conditions. If itâ€™s really cold or wet itâ€™s a quick 10-minutes to the spring outflow gurgling from under the limestone bedrock Spring House built in the 1880s to supply potable water to Fort Snelling.
This gathering is free and open to the public.
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