Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Harvest Moon is almost here

What do you call a full moon that comes close to the first day of Fall? A harvest moon. This name comes from back in the day when there was no electricity and farmers worked their fields at night.

This "Harvest Moon" is a little different from the average full moon as it rises around the same time on three consecutive nights. This is due to the angle of the moon as it orbits the earth during the Autumnal Equinox. The angle is very shallow, so it doesn't go so far below the horizon and as a result, it comes up again at about the same time each night.

This precious extra natural lighting gave farmers some extra time to work their fields.

Typically, a regular full moon will rise about an hour later each day thus cutting back on available work time.

Here are the "Harvest Moon" facts.
  • The moon may look bigger and seem closer, but it's not.
  • The Harvest Moon will happen on Saturday
  • It will rise this year at 11:19 p.m. ET.

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