Or at least that’s what those in the astronomical community would refer to tonight’s full moon as. More popularly it is known as the “supermoon” the closest full moon of the year. If you are near the Pacific Ocean you have the best vantage point from which to view this celestial wonder; but I’m certain that if these clouds would part, even if only for a moment, we would have just as lovely a view from here in Ottawa.
Tonight’s moon is not quite as close to the Earth as it has been in recent years (two years ago it was 356, 575 kilometers away), but it is pretty close at 366, 991 kilometers compared to the typical 364, 000 kilometer distance it usually hangs out at.
However, it’s not the distance from the earth that makes this supermoon special, it’s the distance or rather lack thereof between it and the solstice that was just two days ago. This kind of celestial geometry only occurs once every 14 years. So enjoy tonight’s full moon, it will be the best view you get all year!
In other news, this was my first week sans root vegetables. As the new growing season has commenced and last year’s stores of root crops are depleting I was reminded again of my self-induced reliance on my local community. I felt spoiled for a while having the choice between lush new spring greens and the remaining root crops still available from last fall’s harvest. Now the root crops of last year are gone and this year’s crop is young and growing. I will have to wait until the first new potatoes of this year’s harvest that will hopefully be ready in July (although with the cold wet spring we’ve had I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re a little later).
One thing I’ve realized is that there is some truth to the old adage “absence makes the heart grow fonder.” I enjoyed the fresh greens of this spring a whole lot more then I felt I had previously. I am definitely more aware of my surrounding and appreciative of the systems on which our planet relies. Another reminder of the cycle of things.
In keeping with the full moon as a time for reflection, and since this moon is not only full but also close I can’t help but feel this month’s reflection will reflect similar sentiments. This month has been the toughest yet in this local journey I have had to practice my patience, a lot. It takes planning and forethought to eat local. This is especially true in today’s society. If I’m hungry I can’t just go to the corner store and grab a snack I have to make it myself. I like that though, it forces me to be creative with what I have and I appreciate it more. That said, I’ve been experimenting a lot with rhubarb lately so expect some recipes to be posted soon!
Happy star gazing!