November’s fullest moon today, unapproved private schools, and more in this edition of Bwoglines!
Happening in the World: November’s beaver moon reaches its fullest phase at 4:16 am ET on Monday. Dr. Noah Petro from NASA notes slight variations in the moon’s features due to libration, the moon’s subtle movement altering the angle visible to observers. The moon will appear to be full to the human eye one day prior to and following its full phase. The name “beaver moon” reflects the animal’s winter preparations, historically tied to the beaver trapping season during the North American fur trade. (CNN)
Happening in the US: During the pandemic, a rise in unapproved private schools occurred as families turned away from traditional education, with over 1.2 million students choosing alternatives like private institutions or homeschooling. Louisiana alone witnessed the number of unapproved schools nearly doubling to over 21,000 students. Springfield Preparatory School, serving as an umbrella school for Christian homeschoolers, allows students to receive a high school diploma without class attendance or tests for a fee of $465. (AP News)
Happening in NYC: New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, ruled that cyclists have the same search protections as car drivers. Lance Rodriguez, who had a gun discovered during a bicycle stop in 2014, saw his indictment dismissed. The case established a precedent for cyclists’ Fourth Amendment rights, and emphasized parity in police encounters. (Gothamist)
Happening in Our Community: On Thursday, November 30, the four school student councils will be hosting the annual tree lighting ceremony at College Walk from 5 to 8 pm. Food and beverages will be provided throughout the Merch giveaway. A capella performances will begin at 6 pm. Tree lighting starts at 7:30 pm. Save the date!
Full Moon Reflection via Pixabay