220px-Rabbit_in_the_moon_standing_by_pot Tonight the moon will be closer to the earth than it has in a long time, resulting in a big, beautiful moon! It should be easier than ever to see the man in the moon – or the Moon Rabbit!

Also called the Jade rabbit, in Chinese, Japanese and Korean folklore, the rabbit pounds medicine or rice cakes.  Similar legends occur in Mexican folklore. A Native American (Cree) legend tells of a young rabbit who wished to ride the moon. Whatever the tradition, look for the rabbit tonight! Once you see it, it’ll be hard to see the man again!

While you’re there, take some photos – Stan did a great post last fall on taking photos of the moon, with lots of good tips on how to get amazing photos.

If you get a photo tonight, link us up in the comments. We’re going to try to get some, but it’s looking like it’s starting to cloud up, so they may not be very good.

Happy Snapping!

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  1. Twila Creech says:

    Wish we could see the moon tonight. We have had tornados and bad thunder storms today. So much hail it looks like it has snowed in places here. Enjoy everyone how can see it.

  2. Kim says:

    Oh, my goodness! I thought I was the only one who saw a rabbit! When I was a little girl, I always thought that the craters on the moon looked like a rabbit carrying a bucket. I had heard of the “Man in the Moon”, but I always thought it looked more like a rabbit. I never knew about these other legends. So glad I saw this post!

  3. Zanne says:

    It was cloudy here too. 🙁

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