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Three Nights of the Harvest Moon

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The Full Moon of Saturday, Sept. 17 also carries the title of the Harvest Moon for those living in the Northern Hemisphere. The Moon officially turns full when it reaches that spot in the sky opposite (180 degrees) to the Sun in the sky.

This moment will occur on Saturday at 6:01 p.m. EDT (3:01 p.m. PDT).

Saturday’s Full Moon is the one that comes the closest to the Fall equinox so this year it falls in September, although in one out of three years this title can be bestowed upon the October Full Moon. The 2005 version of the Harvest Moon comes just five days prior to the Autumnal Equinox, although it can occur as early as September 8 (as in 1976) or as late as October 7 (as in 1987).

Many think that the Harvest Moon remains in the night sky longer than any of the other Full Moons we see during the year, but that is not so. What sets Saturday’s Full Moon apart from the others is that farmers at the climax of the current harvest season can work late into the night by the Moon’s light. It rises about the time the Sun sets, but more importantly, at this time of year, instead of rising its normal average 50 minutes later each day, the Moon seems to rise at nearly the same time each night.

Below we’ve provided some examples for ten North American cities. The local moonrise times for September 16, 17 and 18 are provided, the middle date being that of the Harvest Full Moon.



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