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Share: In 2020, the Harvest Moon rises on Thursday, October 1! It must have seemed a boon that just when days were getting rapidly shorter and the Sun seemed to go down all too soon, the Harvest Moon arrived to extend the hours that harvesting could be done. Temps and humidity are down, so there is that. The full Moon is in the section of the zodiac that has the steepest angle with respect to the eastern horizon.

Learn more—and shine on, Harvest Moon! For several evenings, the moonrise comes soon after sunset. But going north makes the Harvest Moon more extreme. Here in the midwest, there’s the annual Feast of the Hunter’s Moon, which seeks to recreate the annual event at Fort Ouiatenon, near West Lafayette, Indiana, of a gathering of Native Americans and the French settlers at the 17th century fur trading post,. Most years the Harvest Moon falls in September but this is one of the years it falls in October. Won't be able to see it this year. I think the old farmers knew a thing or two about the inner workings of Mother Nature. One thing that sets the Harvest Moon apart from other full Moon names is that it’s not associated with a specific month, as the others are. Pixabay. This results in an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening, which was a traditional aide to farmers and crews harvesting their summer-grown crops. I guess I can go directly to Slooh, but there were speakers on this video streaming show from the Old Farmer's Almanac, talking about both the scientific and the folkloric aspects of every month's full moon. The partnership is still in place, but Almanac appearances/participation are as the producers/programmers need. Remember that the zodiac is the band of constellations through which the Moon travels from night to night. The Moon will appear full for about three days around this time, from Wednesday morning through Saturday morning. Submitted by Lisa Mullen on September 23, 2010 - 5:06pm. At any one moonrise, the Moon occupies a particular place on the celestial sphere (the great dome of the heavens), but when the Earth turns toward that point 24 hours later, the Moon has moved off to the east about 12 degrees, and it takes an average of 50 minutes longer for the Earth to rotate toward the Moon and for the Moon thus to “rise.” Think of it as a giant Slinky in which each loop, representing one lunar orbit of the Earth, advances the orbit a bit farther along the spiral path. An older definition of Blue Moon is that it’s the third of four full moons in a single season.". Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

Submitted by Gwen Tarves on October 4, 2017 - 9:09am. But for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the Moon seems to rise at nearly the same time: just 25 to 30 minutes later across the northern. Usually, throughout the year, the Moon rises an average of about 50 minutes later each day. Instead, the Harvest Moon relates to the timing of the autumnal equinox (September 22, 2020), with the full Moon that occurs nearest to the equinox being the one to take on the name “Harvest Moon.” This means that the Harvest Moon can occur in either September or October, depending on how the lunar cycle lines up with the Gregorian calendar. ", "October 2020 is a 'Blue Moon' month with two full Moons. The Harvest Moon is an old European name with the Oxford English Dictionary giving 1706 as the year of its first published use. We participated with the SLOOH folks for much of 2016, in the way that you describe—offering facts and lore about each month’s full Moon. At that premise moment, the person on the other end of the phone shared with me that it was the Harvest Moon. Here is another way of expressing what happens with the Harvest Moon: It is in this part of the zodiac that the Moon’s eastward (orbital) motion has its largest northward component.

The most recent show was in August, on the occasion of the Mini Strawberry Moon. Happy harvest moon all!

In many shows, we had an editor, live-streaming from our offices, as well as our astronomer Bob Berman, live-streaming from his home or planetarium. Hence, it’s called the “Harvest” Moon! Because the Moon’s orbit on successive nights is more nearly parallel to the horizon at that time, its relationship to the eastern horizon does not change appreciably, and the Earth does not have to turn as far to bring up the Moon. The Chinese call the moon the Chrysanthemum Moon because of the illusion of the colour change. For Chinese people everywhere, this full Moon is the occasion for the Festival of the August Moon (the “August” is through a calendar discrepancy) or Mid-Autumn Festival (in some cultures, the equinoxes and solstices have been considered the middle of the seasons). Submitted by Scott McGregor on September 12, 2019 - 9:45am. Ever notice that the low-hanging Moon looks especially big near the horizon? Clouds and rain are in the forecast for most of this week.

So the harvest moon would mark the time between it and the fall equinax (Sept. 23 ?) For observers in Earth’s Northern Hemisphere, the farther north an object is in the heavens, the longer an arc it makes across the sky, and the longer a time it is visible above the horizon. Thus, to say that the Moon is getting rapidly farther north each night around the time of the Harvest Moon is to say that, for northern latitudes on Earth, it will keep rising distinctly earlier than would otherwise be expected—nearly the same time as the night before. Sometimes beans were already done and we were starting corn which could run til the wee hours of the morning. SO, this is a moon of great promise, great fate and fear and all hope. Celebrated in songs and folklore, the harvest moon is the best known of the year’s full moons. Submitted by Greg Canale on October 1, 2020 - 10:16am. 94.9 FM, 95 KSJ. During the harvest season farmers sometimes need to work late into the night by the light of the Moon. The Harvest Moon isn’t like the other Moons. well- even deeper, tis the time of transition, the harvest as highest tide too, thus its sedna's birthday among the northern artic folk, she who has birth'd the sea, she who calls toward and from the underworld, this gate of change is celebrated too as a time to invoke mercy(catholic as our day that belongs to the honoring of Our Lady of Mercy), also as yom Kippur- day of atonement,the day in the pagan cosmology as the death and mourning of Demeter for Persephone, who descends to the underworld in contract with Hades, the great god of the dead, who wooed and wed her astride his black stallion, representing all the wildness which we cannot ever control, the changed to the dark of evil with our current entrance to the season of all hallows eve, halloween, but which otherwise is the day when the veil is thinnest to the other world, or under world! But we always had that full moon. for harvesting crops. Why? The details of the Harvest Moon was brought to my attention late yesterday. The Moon may rise as little as 23 minutes later on several nights before and after the full Harvest Moon (at about 42 degrees north latitude), which means extra light at peak harvest time near autumn. Submitted by patrick m diamond on September 30, 2020 - 11:23pm. They were able to predict the weather, the movements of animals and planting and harvesting times, all by simply paying attention to the world around them. At the start of spring, the opposite applies. Instead, I shall pray as ask God to release blessings, miracles, and healings categorically into my life. As a final note, I should add that it is not just Western civilization that has given special importance to the Harvest Moon. i like cakes - maybe mooncakes....otherwise very intersting all....! The Farmer in the Dell's Wife / October 26, 2017. It’s dangerous to sleep with the moon shining on your face, Seeing a new moon for the first time on a Monday is lucky, Go outside with an empty purse or wallet, under a full moon, say “full up” nine times and within a few days you will come into money, If the first time you see a new moon in a month is by looking over your right shoulder it is lucky, If you rub an injury on a horse with silver during the light of a full moon then it will recover.

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