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Why November's Super-Close Supermoon Is a Full Beaver Moon

• http://www.space.com, By Elizabeth Howell

Algonquin Native American tribes as well as American colonists called the November full moon the Beaver Moon because "this was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs," according to the Old Farmer's Almanac. 

An alternative name for November's full moon is the Frost Moon, which was also coined by Native Americans, according to the Almanac. 

November's supermoon will be the largest since 1948, and the full moon will not come this close to Earth again until Nov. 25, 2034, according to NASA. This month is the second in a series of three consecutive supermoons happening late in 2016, with the first taking place in October, and the last in December.

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