Full moons
Back to the moon
Travis S. Taylor, Les Johnson.
Riverdale, NY : Baen ; New York : Distributed by Simon & Schuster, c2010.
Praise for Travis S. Taylor: "[Warp Speed] reads like Doc Smith writing Robert Ludlum. . . .You won't want to put it down." - John Ringo. "In the tradition of Golden Age SF . . . explodes with inventive action . . . dazzling . . . cutting-edge scientific possibilities. . . ." - Publishers Weekly. Praise for Les Johnson:: ". . . Solar Sails: A Novel Approach to Interplanetary Travel. . . convincingly captures the history of ideas about solar sails, their current state of play and their future promise. Suitable for aerospace students and keen enthusiasts alike. . . ." - Stuart Clark, Nature. "I can recommend this book [ Living Off the Land in Space: Green Roads to the Cosmos] to everyone interested in the future of space exploration." - Claude Semay, Physicalia. As a U.S. mission to the moon prepares to lift off decades after the 1969 lunar mission, a secret Chinese trip to the moon is revealed when a distress signal is received, prompting the U.S. team to turn a journey of discovery into a desperate rescue mission.
Mansions of the moon for the green witch : a complete book of lunar magic
Ann Moura.
Woodbury, Minn. : Llewellyn, c2010.

Ann Moura, the author of the popular Green Witchcraft series, is back with a new, one-of-a-kind spellbook on lunar magic. This is the only guidebook available that uses Mansions of the Moon correspondences to empower Esbat rituals and spellwork.

The moon goes through twenty-eight distinct #x1C;mansions,#x1D; or sections of the sky, as it travels through the twelve signs of the zodiac. Each mansion is appropriate for certain types of magic, as described in ceremonial magic books, such as Agrippa#x19;s Three Books of Occult Philosophy or Barrett#x19;s The Magus. Now this esoteric information is available to Witches, complete with suggested workings for both the waxing and the waning lunar phase in each mansion.

Moura provides the tools, the instruction, and examples of how to utilize the Mansions of the Moon to add depth and potency to your spells and rituals. More than one hundred workings are presented, including candle spells, charm bags, meditations, magical oils, talismans, amulets, incense, teas, and much more.


Turning dust to gold : building a future on the Moon and Mars
Haym Benaroya.
Berlin ; New York : Springer ; Chichester, UK : published in association with Praxis Publishing, c2010.
Two important factors have given rise to mankind’s successful evolution into space: the first is that the possibilities are bounded only by our imaginations – if we can conceive it, historically it has been proved that we can do it, and in a predetermined timescale. The second factor is recognition of the evolving civilizations on the Moon and Mars as separate entities from Earth. Space, whether we or our children live in it or on the Moon or Mars, will be important to all of us, not only to aerospace engineers and cosmologists, because of the new opportunities for freedom and limitless growth it offers. Our continued prosperity and survival as a species will in part depend upon space exploration and the resources it provides for our industrial societies and for the markets it will create. The expansion of Earth’s success in science and culture to the Moon, then Mars, and eventually the Solar System, can only strengthen mankind’s core positive achievements: democracy, individual rights and equal opportunities for all. The significant topic of returning to the Moon, this time to stay, is a central part of space exploration.Concepts for lunar base structures have been proposed since long before the dawn of the space age. Suggestions made during the last 25 years are likely to form the pool from which eventual lunar base designs will evolve. Studies have intensified, both within NASA and outside national governments in industry and academe, since the days of the Apollo program, when it appeared likely that the Moon would become a second home to humans. Since then, science on the Moon, the economics of lunar development, and human physiology in space and on planetary bodies, as well as related policy issues have been studied as they are all needed to plant Man on the Moon in a sustainable and viable way. Economics and politics will play a heavy if not deciding role in space and lunar settlement. The issues of pollution and related environmental matters, the question of ownership, and how these affect the investor communities, including governments, will be considered. Human exploration and colonization of the Moon and the planets appears far off but it is important to discuss the safeguarding of the integrity of these planetary bodies in advance of the economic development that will be explosive once it begins. For purposes of discussion, it will be assumed that by the year 2050 there will be a well-developed human colony of many hundreds of people on the Moon, created by several democratic Earth governments in partnership with numerous industrial concerns. Its purpose will be to learn survival on a non-terrestrial body naturally hostile to human life and to explore and use the resources of the Moon, leading eventually to self-sufficient large lunar cities that will survive economically by exporting lunar minerals and finished products to Earth, and by servicing transportation, both commercial and military, between Earth and emerging settlements on Mars, its moons, as well as early mining activity on the asteroids and the moons of the gas giants of the outer solar system.
Lunar impact : the NASA history of Project Ranger
R. Cargill Hall ; introduction to the Dover edition by Paul Dickson.
Mineola, N.Y. : Dover Publications, 2010.
America's first successful attempt at robotic lunar exploration, the nine Project Ranger missions culminated in close-up television images of the moon's surface. Sponsored by NASA and executed by the Jet Propulsion Lab, the project ran from 1959 to 1965. This official NASA publication, illustrated by more than 100 photographs, presents the program's complete history.

Full Moon names date back to the Native Americans.  They named full moons so they could keep  track of the seasons. Other cultures followed suit, including the European settlers, who have created  some of their own names.

Here are some full moon names for the year:

  • Wolf Moon appears in January when hungry packs of wolves could be heard howling at night.
  • Snow Moon rises in the month of February because it usually has the heaviest snow fall.
  • Worm Moon occurs as the ground thaws in March bringing earthworms to the surface for the birds.
  • Pink Moon comes into view in April as one of the earliest flowers of spring, ground phlox, begins to grow.
  • Flower Moon emerges in May as there is abundance of flowers blossoming.
  • Strawberry Moon happens in June as soon as it is time to pick the  strawberries.
  • Buck Moon is revealed in July when antlers of deer start growing out of their heads covered in velvet.
  • Once in a blue moon

    "...whenever two full Moons appeared in a single month (which happens on average every 2 1/2 to 3 years), the second has been christened a "Blue Moon."

    Farmers Almanac

    Sturgeon Moon becomes visible in August when the freshwater fish are accessible.
  • Harvest Moon crops up in September at the peek of harvest so farmers can work under the moon's light.
  • Hunters Moon comes to light in October's night sky to light up the fields for hunting animals. 
  • Beaver Moon can be found November as the time to set beaver traps before the swamps freeze.
  • Cold Moon surfaces in December when winter nights are the longest.

Full moon dates shift from year to year because the lunar month is only 29 days long.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff