Friday, September 08, 2006
The Harvest Moon
Last evening I watched as the Harvest Moon rose from behind the mountains. I first noticed a glow in the eastern sky followed by a bright pinpoint of light shinning through the distant tree tops. Quickly I ran for my Canon and began firing from the deck railing. There was no time to spare for it only takes a minute or two to rise above the trees. NASA has the following to say about the Harvest Moon.
The Harvest Moon is no ordinary full moon; it behaves in a special way. Throughout the year the Moon rises, on average, about 50 minutes later each day. But near the autumnal equinox the day-to-day difference in the local time of moonrise is only 30 minutes.
In times past this came in handy for northern farmers who are working long days to harvest their crops before autumn. The extra dose of lighting afforded by the full Moon closest to the equinox is what gives the Harvest Moon its name.