September’s Harvest Moon

As autumn approaches, it’s time to enjoy the splendor of the full moon in September, often known as the Harvest Moon. Every month or so, the moon, Earth, and sun line up on an invisible 180-degree line to form the full moon. Our satellite is typically a little higher or lower than Earth’s shadow because of the moon’s orbit, which is around 5 degrees different from Earth’s. This allows the sun’s rays to shine on the side facing Earth.

The next full moon rises on Saturday, September 10 at around 6 a.m. EDT (10 a.m. UTC), while it will be visible in the sky from Friday, September 9, through Sunday, September 11, as well.

The term “Harvest Moon” has been used to describe the full moon in September since at least 1706. Additionally, some farmers have historically used the full moon’s light to work late into the night harvesting their crops. This full moon is the closest to the fall equinox, when many crops are harvested in the Northern Hemisphere.

Not only that, the Mid-Autumn Festival, observed in China and numerous other Asian nations, and the 16-day Pitru Paksha period of the Hindu calendar frequently fall on the same day as the Harvest Moon. The beginning of the seven-day Jewish holiday of Sukkot fell on the same day as the moon the previous year.

The Hunter’s Moon, which occurs on October 9, will be the following full moon after this one.

Until then.

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