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Super Harvest Moon Tonight

Thank you, BitJockey, for this news from 13 WMAZ on tonight’s enormous moon.

AdventureMan and I – before we even knew it was the Super Harvest Moon – took a walk tonight and the moon was glorious – glorious.

The autumnal equinox is Wednesday night — 11:09 p.m. sharp — and it’s a full moon, which can only mean one thing: Super Harvest Moon!

The two rarely occur at the same time — in fact; the last time this happened was almost 20 years ago.

A Harvest Moon is simply defined as the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox.
You may be wondering where the term came from. Well, from agriculture! Farmers, before the days of electric lights, depended on bright moonlight to extend the workday beyond sunset. It allowed them to gather their ripening crops in time for market.

The name “Harvest Moon,” came along, as it brought extra harvest.

What can you expect to see? As the sun sets, the full Harvest Moon will rise. The two sources of light will mix together to create a kind of 360-degree, summer-autumn twilight glow that is only seen on rare occasions.

The moon may appear strangely inflated, which is an illusion. A low-hanging moon appears much wider than it really is.

The moon will reach maximum illumination a mere six hours after the equinox. The brilliant planet Jupiter rises a little below the Moon, and they remain close throughout the night.

It is definitely a sight to check out, and with mostly clear skies shouldn’t be a problem in Central Georgia tonight!

Don’t miss it or you’ll have to wait until 2029!

September 22, 2010 Posted by | Beauty, Technical Issue | | 2 Comments