It's Jonathan (using Charlotte's log in again)
The Moon is full and unusually close to the Earth tonight, so it will be bright and appear huge. The effect is best seen early when the moon is close to the horizon. I am writing this late, after the fact, I just love the subject. I am an avid astronomer and I never see you guys talking about my second favorite subject (and, no, my favorite subject is not me) so I wanted to jump in. There is a meteor shower, but the bright moon will obscure all but a few very bright meteors.
As magicians our art has strong connections to astronomy and, unfortunately, astrology. There is a difference, astronomy (astrophysics) is a pure science, Astrology is the ancient belief that the constellations of the Zodiac, the 12 constellations that the planets, Moon and Sun travel through as they cross the sky, influences our lives. The reason I say unfortunately is because people confuse the two. When I bring up something about astronomy in conversation, I will often hear, "I'm a Leo, what can you tell me?"
I have always felt that magicians should have some understanding of astronomy, if for nothing else, to spice up introductions. We use the symbols, we adorn props and costumes with them, so a little knowledge of the science couldn't hurt. The night sky, seen from a dark sky location, is also absolutely beautiful. It inspires and helps us remember what it is like to experience awe.