Is There a Full Moon Tonight? When Is November Full Beaver Moon?

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A full moon captured July 18, 2008. Sean Smith/NASA

High in the sky on Thanksgiving night the moon will be shining down a little brighter than it has the rest of the month. The holiday is expected to be one of the coldest on record in many parts of the country so most people won't want to be outside taking a look at the moon but the full beaver moon of November will be there anyway.

The moon will actually reach fullness on Friday morning at 12:39 a.m. EST, according to Time and Date.

For those on the East Coast, the night of Thanksgiving will still appear to have a full moon because it will be so close to being full. Most people can't tell when the moon is about to reach its fullest or when it's just passed its fullest because it frequently looks full when it's that close.

The November full moon is called the Beaver moon because November was the month to set the beaver traps before the cold weather fully settled in, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac.

The Leonid meteor shower was active over the past weekend so the chances of moon viewers also seeing any shooting stars the night of the full moon are fairly slim.

The new moon is set for December 6 and then the next full moon is expected on December 22 about midday, according to Time and Date. That December full moon is called the cold moon.

The full beaver moon will be visible as long as there aren't clouds or too much smog. Next year on January 21, 2019, there will be a super moon, which happens when the moon is in perigee or the point in its orbit around the Earth that placed the moon as close to the Earth as it ever gets. During this time the moon looks slightly larger than it usually does. It will also be a full moon so the difference in size might actually be noticeable for those who look at the moon.