Monday, September 12, 2016

Don't forget - Tonight's full moon is a "Harvest Moon"

The Harvest Moon is the full moon that occurs closest to the Autumnal Equinox which marks the end of summer and the beginning of Autumn.   

This year the Autumnal Equinox takes place on Thursday, September 22nd making this Friday's (September 16th) full moon the Harvest Moon.

This Friday's Harvest moon will appear a tad bit larger in our sky because this full moon will also be approaching its closest point (perigee) to earth in its monthly orbit on September 18th.  You might say this week's Harvest is almost a Super Moon!

If the sky is clear and you get the chance this Friday evening, watch the eastern sky right around sunset (7:02 pm) and you will enjoy the sight of a, slightly larger than usual, brilliant full moon rising over the horizon.

The Harvest Moon probably received its name from farmers who, on Autumn evenings, appreciated the additional light from the full moon as they worked past sundown to bring in their crops.

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