What Is A Harvest Moon?

Tools

By By Steve Pool

SEATTLE - The Harvest Moon is considered the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox.

It gets its name from farmers who viewed the light from the full moon as an extra dose of light (and thus, some extra work time) to harvest their crops before the days grow even shorter and the harsh winter weather set in.

This year's version was a bit early -- on Sept. 10, although it can occur as early as Sept 8 or as late as Oct. 7.

Then, there's a geometrical quirk in the orbits of the Earth and Moon around the equinox Usually, the moon rises about 50 minutes later each day. But during the Harvest Moon, the moon only rises about 20-25 minutes later each day, thus the moonrise is right about equal to sunset for three days instead of one, allowing farmers constant light.

For More Information:

science.nasa.gov

www.crystalinks.com

www.space.com

earthsky.com

Your Photos

YouNews Weekend Planets and Moon Weekend Planets and Moon
These images were all taken over the weekend of April 14 & 15. The images of Jupiter, Saturn and Mars are in the correct size ratio. The 2nd photo is a size comparison showing the correct size ratio with the moon.
YouNews Blood Moon from Puyallup Blood Moon from Puyallup
This is what two sisters get up to late at night, even when they are at opposite ends of the Pacific Coast.
YouNews Monday Full Moon Monday Full Moon
Took this image of the Full Moon Monday evening around 8:30pm. The skies toward the south east look pretty clear for the lunar eclipse but by 10pm it was pretty hopeless.
Taken with a 6 inch refractor and Nikon DSLR at 1/50 sec.
and ISO 100.