“I heard something really unusual was supposed to happen with Jupiter and Saturn right before Christmas. What?”

Answered by Brian Tonks – BYU-I daho Astronomy Professor The ancients noticed that seven celestial objects move relative to the stars: the Sun, the Moon, and the five visible planets (the word “planet” comes from the Greeks meaning “wanderer”—the Greeks knew them as wandering stars). Astrologers attributed special meaning to these objects. It is clear…

How did the full moons get their names?

Question Answered by Alana Jensen, INL ESER Program For thousands of years, people in Europe, as well as the North American tribes, named the months after features they associated with the changing seasons and nature. Many of these names are very similar. Most of the Native names came from tribes called the Algonquian people (not…