Friday, October 2, 2009

Happy Harvest Moon

Full Harvest Moon - October This is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox. In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in September, but in some years it occurs in October. At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this Moon. Usually the full Moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the Moon seems to rise at nearly the same time each night: just 25 to 30 minutes later across the U.S., and only 10 to 20 minutes later for much of Canada and Europe. Corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice the chief Indian staples are now ready for gathering.


Don said...

The ecliptic makes a shallow angle with the horizon in the eastern sky at sunset as opposed to the steeper angle it makes during the rest of the year; this accounts for this phenomenon.

Kathy said...

I love watching the moon especially when full ...Happy Harvest Moon! :)

Don said...

I love watching it too sometimes, to the exclusion of all else.