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Full Beaver Moon comes Saturday, amid Leonid meteor shower

The Full Beaver Moon comes Saturday, brightening the sky and unfortunately making the Leonid meteor shower's peak and Comet ISON more difficult to see.

The moon will be full at 10:16 a.m. Sunday, which actually means Saturday night's moon will appear the closest to full. 

The moon gets its name from the fact that November was the time of year fur trappers set their snares, before swamps froze, according to the Farmer's Almanac. November's full moon is also known as the Frosty Moon.

This month's full moon unfortunately coincides with a couple of other skywatching opportunities.

The Leonid meteor showers, which appear to emanate from the constellation Leo, peak Sunday. Debris from Comet Tempel-Tuttle's debris can produce up to 15 meteors per hour, best seen in the hours just before dawn, according to Astronomy magazine.

Comet ISON meanwhile could be visible in the early morning using binoculars by looking to the southeast horizon near the bright star Spica, part of the constellation Virgo, according to EarthSky.org.

The moon sets at 5:46 a.m. Sunday and 6:44 a.m. Monday, while the sun rises shortly before 7 a.m., so Sunday could be your best bet for early morning skywatching.

An earlier version of this post misstated the timing of the full moon.

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