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Siting the Harvest Moon

Fall began on Wednesday with the rising of a full moon. The Harvest Moon, so-called because of the extra light it gave farmers to work later for bringing in their crops, rose on the autumnal equinox, a rare cosmic event which hasn't happened for almost 20 years. It won't happen again until 2029.

According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the action began at sunset on Sept 22, the last day of the northern summer: "As the sun sinks in the west, bringing the season to a close, the full Harvest Moon will rise in the east, heralding the start of fall. 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."

 

Waiting for the harvest moon, 2010 at Jones Beach, Long Island, NY
Waiting for the harvest moon, 2010 at Jones Beach, Long Island, NY

 

 

 

( Jose Oquendo )
Harvest moon, 2010 at Jones Beach, Long Island, NY
Harvest moon, 2010 at Jones Beach, Long Island, NY ( Jose Oquendo )
The harvest moon on September 22 2010.
The harvest moon on September 22 2010. ( David DeHetre )
A full moon rose opposite the setting sun on this year's autumn equinox, something that has not happened since 1991. Unfortunately the evening was very hazy, so the moon is partially obscured.
A full moon rose opposite the setting sun on this year's autumn equinox, something that has not happened since 1991. Unfortunately the evening was very hazy, so the moon is partially obscured. ( Dendroica Cerulea )

Harvest Moonrise - Lake Jackson, FL - 2010. There were a few other people here at this spot watching the Harvest Moonrise. Some were taking photos, some just observing. But it was quiet and still, everybody was just enjoying the moment.

 

 

( Stephen Nakatani )
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