Harvest Moon Starts 9/4
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The HARVEST MOON rises on September 4!
The Harvest Moon is the moon that is nearest the autumnal equinox. The full moons of September, October and November as seen from the northern hemisphere—which correspond to the full moons of March, April and May as seen from the southern hemisphere—are well known in the folklore of the sky. In general the moon rises about 50 minutes later each day, as it moves in orbit around Earth.
The Harvest Moon is special, because around the time of this full moon, the time difference between moonrise on successive evenings is shorter than usual. The moon rises about 30 minutes later, from one night to the next, around the full Harvest Moon. Thus there is no long period of darkness between sunset and moonrise. In times past this feature helped farmers who were working to bring in their crops. They could continue working by moonlight even after the sun had set. About once every four years it occurs in October (in the northern hemisphere), depending on the cycles of the moon.
Often, the Harvest Moon seems to be bigger or brighter or more colorful than other moons. This is an optical illusion. When the moon is low in the sky, we look at it through a greater amount of atmospheric particles than when the moon is overhead. The atmosphere scatters the bluish component of moonlight but allows the reddish light to travel a straighter path to your eyes. Hence all celestial bodies look reddish when they are low in the sky.
This moon is also known as the Chrysanthemum Moon, the Nut Moon, the Mulberry Moon, the Moon When Calves Grow Hair, the Singing Moon and the Barley Moon.
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