Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Sky Guy Viewing ALERT 9-18-13 Harvest Moon

Hey Space Placers!

Well, if you get to see the Antares Cygnus resupply launch tomorrow - see my previous post, why not look for the Full Harvest Moon at sunset?

This is the Full Moon that occurs nearest to the Autumnal Equinox for the Northern Hemisphere which in 2013 is September 22. In North America the Moon is Full on the night of the 18th-19th.

When you see the Full Harvest Moon rising with the shorter amount of daylight, and if you are not in a light polluted viewing location, you can see why farmers of old welcomed the extra light. They were able to bring in the harvest by the light of the Full Moon.

The effect is best experienced if you are near a field of corn or wheat and see the moon light falling upon the landscape. The smell of the air is a harbinger of fall and soon the smell of leaves and the Earth will fill your lungs.

Enjoy the view of the hopefully golden-yellow orb of the Harvest Moon. It will be in the east awaiting your gaze at sunset.

Read More About It: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2013/16sep_harvestmoon/

Sky Guy in VA

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