Today was the harvest moon and if I can drag myself out of bed in the early hours I will try and capture some images of the Red Moon tonight.
But why does tonight’s full moon get called a harvest moon? Traditionally, a harvest moon is the name that is assigned a full moon that falls closest to the autumn equinox, which was on Sept. 23rd. (Technically speaking, it’s autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the Southern Hemisphere).
The full moon tonight (Sept. 27th 2015) will be an especially special lunar occasion. In addition to being a traditional “harvest moon,” the moon will be at its closest point to Earth in its orbit, making it a so-called “supermoon.” Plus, people across North and South America, Europe and Africa will get to see a lunar eclipse, because the moon will pass into the Earth’s shadow.
We nearly missed the Moon rising as we were the other side of the road watching the sun set. The moon rises very quickly and was just poking above the hedgerow when we spotted it and by the time I got the camera sorted it was just above.
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