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    Harvest Moon



    WHEN IS THE HARVEST MOON?

    The Harvest Moon is the full Moon nearest the start of fall or the autumnal equinox. This usually means it coincides with the September full Moon, though it can also fall nearer to the October full Moon, occurring anywhere from two weeks before to two weeks after the equinox.

    In 2017, the Harvest Moon will rise on October 5 at 2:40 P.M. EDT.

    WHY IS IT CALLED THE HARVEST MOON?

    For several evenings, the moonrise comes soon after sunset. 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. Hence, it’s called the “Harvest” Moon!

    WHAT MAKES THE HARVEST MOON DIFFERENT FROM OTHER FULL MOONS?

    There are just a little over 12 complete Moon cycles every year, on average (there being about 29.53 days in a synodic month). The Harvest Moon isn’t like the other Moons. Usually, throughout the year, the Moon rises an average of about 50 minutes later each day. But near the autumnal equinox, the difference is only 30 minutes.

    Additionally, the Full Harvest Moon rises at sunset and then will rise very near sunset for several nights in a row because the difference is at a yearly minimum. It may almost seem as if there are full Moons multiple nights in a row!

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    https://www.almanac.com/content/what-harvest-moon

    Extremely tasty apple bread with cranberries for the PHers who post photos THEY took of this year's Harvest Moon, and a dollop of cream on top for the PHer who "lassos" the Moon this year.


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