There are many theories of how the moon was formed. The most widely accepted today is the giant-impact theory. It proposes that the Moon formed during a collision between the Earth and another small planet, about the size of Mars. The debris from this impact collected in an orbit around Earth to form the Moon!
The howling of wolves is often heard at this time of year.
This is usually the month with the heaviest snowfall.
Larvae emerges from the bark of trees around this time.
Moss pink wildflowers - one of the 1st spring flowers - are in bloom.
An abundance of flowers are in bloom this month.
The best time to gather ripening strawberries.
During this time, a male deer’s antlers are fully grown.
Sturgeon are most readily caught during this time.
The best time to harvest corn in the northeast.
Time for hunting and gathering food for the long months ahead.
Beavers finish preparing for winter and go to their dens.
The cold becomes harsher & the nights become long & dark.
The Moon has phases because it orbits Earth, which causes the portion we see illuminated to change 8 different times. The Moon takes 27.3 days to orbit Earth, but the lunar phase cycle (from new Moon to new Moon) is 29.5 days. The Moon spends the extra 2.2 days "catching up" because Earth travels about 45 million miles around the Sun during the time the Moon completes one orbit around Earth.