The Full Harvest Moon

 

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Moon rising over Rehoboth beach … photo by Bryan Hecksher.

The full Harvest Moon will peak tomorrow September 16, 2016 at 03:05 pm (EDT).  It is know as the full harvest moon or the full corn moon, because it marked when the corn was to be harvested by North American tribes.  Two out of three years the harvest moon happens in September, but some years it occurs in October.  The full moon that occurs closest to the Autumn equinox is called the harvest moon, which occurs this year on September 22nd.  On average the full moon rises fifty minutes later each night, but the harvest moon will seem to rise at the same time each night, it will only be about twenty minutes later each night.  It is the signal to harvest corn, pumpkins,squash, beans, and wild rice which were main staples for the North American tribes.  If you are lucky enough to be on the other side of the planet, there will be a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse for Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, West in South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic, and Antarctica.  It will last for three hours and fifty minutes for those in the areas that can really see it.  You can watch it on the Slooh Observatory’s live feed.

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