Harvest Moon

Alisdair Gurney

Joined February 2008

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The Harvest Moon is always a sad time for me. It means that the end of the sailing season is approaching fast; nights are drawing in as quick as they ever do; and Autumn is just around the corner. It is still a wonderful sight though, and a challenge to photograph.

[the following is paraphrased from NASA:]
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, which comes this year (2008) on Sept. 22nd, the day-to-day difference in the local time of moonrise is only 30 minutes.

That comes 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.

For you bubblers In the southern hemisphere, sorry, the Moon behaves in exactly the opposite way: there is an extra long time between moonrises from one evening to the next.

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