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 the harvest moon?
The Americas can expect to see the full moon by noon Monday and evening through Tuesday morning—Europe, Asia, Australia and most of Africa enter the afternoon and evening hours of September 21, which is the perfect moment to see it.
This means that the full moon has already risen in the western time zones of the United States, and by exactly 7:55 pm for 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 workers toiling in the dark hours to harvest crops. As the sun squares briefly with the equator at the autumnal equinox, before shifting focus to the southern hemisphere, the time between sunset and moonrise is shortened. This means that the old farmers can continue to spend their working days at night without stopping.
What is the autumnal equinox?
The Northern Hemisphere enters fall as 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 invades the spring, called the vernal equinox, which means that they will reap most of the benefits of 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 away from the sun.
What does Neil Young have to do with the harvest moon?
The Canadian singer-songwriter wrote one of the greatest love songs of all time, called “Harvest Moon” for his 1992 recording of the same name. If you want to get a good shout out, check out the comments section of the song’s YouTube video – a record of applauding countless likes lost by social media users.