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It's That Time Of Year: The Harvest Moon The Closest Full Moon To The Fall Equinox

Sep 15, 2016

A harvest moon.
Credit Jon Bunting

I spoke with Eastern Michigan University professor and director of the Sherzer Observatory Norbert Vance about the Harvest Moon, occurring Friday night, September 16th.


The sun is crossing the equator next Wednesday to mark the beginning of fall, and, whenever there is a full moon opposite the sun, with the sun setting in the west, and the full moon rising in the east, it appears a bit larger than normal and orange when it's near the horizon.

Norbert Vance, Director of EMU's Sherzer Observatory.
Credit Eastern Michigan University

It's called the Harvest Moon because it's the time of year when summer crops are being harvested, and tt will be visible beginning at 7:05 PM, depending on the weather.

It's also the last time this season the planets Mars, Saturn, and Venus will all be visible in the southern sky.

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