Look Out Your Window Tonight...

Saturday, October 3, 2009

...and you will see a beautiful October Full Harvest Moon. The moon will officially turn full when it reaches that spot in the sky opposite (180-degrees) to the sun. This will occur on Saturday night, October 3rd at 11:10 pm (PDT) / Sunday morning, October 4th at 2:10 am (EDT).

If you're interested, here is a little history on the Harvest Moon since it rarely happens in October...

"Between 1970 and 2050, there are 18 years when the harvest moon comes in October. The last time was in 2006 and next time will be in 2017. The 2009 version of the harvest moon comes unusually late, although it can occur as early as September 8 (as in 1976) or as late as October 7 (as in 1987).

All of us around the globe find tonight’s moon in the same approximate place as every full moon – in the east as the sun sets and twilight begins to wash the sky. It’s this big red Harvest Moon – ascending over the eastern horizon around the time of sunset – that everyone writes songs about. You’ll see why if your sky is clear and you have a lovely setting for moonrise tonight.

In the days before electricity, farmers counted on the lamp of the Harvest Moon to gather their crops. Making up for the autumn season’s waning daylight, the Harvest Moon faithfully provides several nights of dusk-till-dawn moonlight. This bonanza of moonlight remains the legacy of the Harvest Moon!"



symphonious sweets said...

Thanks to your post I made a point to notice the moon. Once the clouds cleared it was spectacular!