Full Harvest Moon

Tonight it is the harvest moon : the full moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox (September 22 2012)

  • seems to be bigger or brighter or more colorful than other full moons
  • rises approximately 30 minutes later from one night to the next, no long period of darkness between sunset and moon rise
  • 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 on September 23rd 2010
  • also known as the Wine Moon, the Singing Moon and the Elk Call Moon
  • Next full moon is call: Full Hunter’s Moon (October 29th)
  • Mid-Autumn Festival also known as the Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival orZhongqiu Festival is a popular lunar harvest festival celebrated by Chinese and Vietnamese people

Shine On Harvest Moon
By Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth (1903)

Shine on, shine on harvest moon
Up in the sky,
I ain’t had no lovin’
Since January, February, June or July
Snow time ain’t no time to stay
Outdoors and spoon,
So shine on, shine on harvest moon,
For me and my gal.

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