Say goodbye to summer with the greeting of a “harvest moon” Monday night, the last full moon before the autumnal equinox in the northern hemisphere on Wednesday, September 22.
When is Harvest Moon?
America can expect a full moon from Monday and evening to Tuesday morning — Europe, Asia, Australia and most of Africa will enter the afternoon and evening hours of September 21, which is the perfect time to see it.
This means that the full moon has already risen in the western time zones of the United States, and at 7:55 p.m. off the east coast, according to NASA.
What does “harvest moon” mean?
The full moon in September coincides with the traditional harvest season in North America and Europe, lighting the way for hard-working workers in the dark hours to harvest crops. Because the sun squares the equator briefly during the autumnal equinox, before shifting focus to the southern hemisphere, the time between sunset and moonrise is shortened. This means that the old farmers could spend their working days at night without stopping.
What is the autumnal equinox?
The Northern Hemisphere falls in the fall, when the Earth tends to face the sun from the other side of the equator – characterized by fewer hours of daylight. At the same time, our southern counterpart is conquering the spring, it is called the vernal equinox, which means that it will reap the most benefits from the sun for the next six months.
The autumnal equinox gives way to the winter solstice – on December 21 in the Northern Hemisphere – when the Earth’s pole reaches its maximum inclination from the sun.
What does Neil Young have to do with Harvest Moon?
The Canadian singer-songwriter wrote one of the greatest love songs of all time, called Harvest Moon, on his 1992 record of the same name. If you want to get a good cry, check out the YouTube video comments section of the song. – Applause record for countless likes lost by social media users.
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