We have already had an impressive display of full moons this year. However, as we begin the final quarter of this month, we are in for yet another display of cosmic beauty via the Harvest Moon.
NATIONAL | On Sept. 10, 2022, The full moon of September, better known as the Harvest Moon, will be visible to gazers around the world. The Harvest Moon obtains its peculiar name due to its close proximity to the Autumnal Equinox and the fact that this full moon stays vibrant for several nights and begins its ascent into the sky sooner than normal after sunset. This combination of early rising and vibrant radiance was a great aid for farmers who used the extra illumination to harvest their summer crops. Aptly resulting in the name of the Harvest Moon, according to Almanac.com.
When Can the Harvest Moon be Seen?
According to Space.com, the moon will be officially “full” to stargazers located in New York City at 6:30 am on Sept. 10 but will appear full to the naked eye the following and preceding evenings at 7:45 pm.
Interesting Facts About the Harvest Moon
- The Harvest Moon is not specific to the month of September, but rather it is tied to the timing of the Autumnal Equinox. Meaning that the full moon occurring closest to the equinox takes the title of the Harvest Moon. This can result in the moon actually taking place in October rather than September based on the lunar cycle, according to Almanac.com.
- The Harvest Moon occurs when the Earth’s horizon is most parallel with the moon’s orbit. This results in the moon rising sooner and at similar times over a duration of days, according to Almanac.com.
The Harvest Moon marks the transition of Summer into Fall.