Harvest Moon

Tonight it is the harvest moon : the full moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox (September 23rd 2011)

  • seems to be bigger or brighter or more colorful than other full moons
  • rises approximately 30 minutes later from one night to the next and there is no long period of darkness between sunset and moon rise around the time following these full moons
  • farmers could continue being productive by moonlight even after the sun had set. Hence the name Harvest Moon.
  • When the night of the harvest moon coincides with the night of the equinox, it is called a “super harvest moon” witch happened last year on September 23rd 2010
  • also known as the Wine Moon, the Singing Moon and the Elk Call Moon
  • often mistaken for the modern day hunter’s moon
  • La Lune des Moissons est la pleine Lune de septembre

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