Since it's almost officially fall, and the harvest moon is this weekend, I thought I'd share a few fun facts about the harvest moon and skygazing in the autumn sky.
This year's Harvest Moon is scheduled to come a bit earlier in the year than normal, but tradition holds that the full moon closest to the Autumnal Equinox is the Harvest Moon. Well this weekend, and actually beginning September 10th and going through the 13th, the Harvest Moon will be visible all across the state (and country for that matter). But why is the Harvest Moon special? According to http://earthsky.org
, around this particular equinox, the moon starts to rise much earlier than normal for this time of year. Due to the path of the sun and moon and planets, things are much closer this time of year. Which works out well for us, as we can see much more of the beautiful moon this year.
Of course, given that the moon only lasts one weekend, there are other things that can be seen in the sky this time of year. Daylight hours are shrinking so there is much more that can be seen in the sky. According to several resources, winter constellations are starting to take their positions in the sky. Some of this - Orion the Hunter and Canis Major - are only visible in the early mornings at first, then slowly move to being seen in the evening.
For more information, look up the Harvest Moon. Or, even better, look out at the Harvest Moon and enjoy the beautiful September we're lucky to enjoy!