Moon  Photo KDG

Photo KDG

The summer has seen a number of super moons this year, accounts that the moon is closer than it has ever been have gotten people to look at the sky when the moon is full. The next one is on September 8th and the one in October should be good as well. A source says that the darker October sky will present a better opportunity for viewing a photos then the ones before when the horizon still has some residual light. The length of the day on September 9th will be 12 hours and 47 minutes. the full moon on October 8th will rise at 10.51, November 8th at 22.23.

Harvest Moon” and “Hunter’s Moon” are traditional terms for the full moons occurring in autumn, in the Northern Hemisphere usually in September and October respectively. The “Harvest Moon” is the full moon closest to autumnal equinox, and the “Hunter’s Moon” is the one following it. The names are recorded from the early 18th century.[17]OED for “Harvest Moon” cites a 1706 reference, and for “Hunter’s Moon” a 1710 edition of The British Apollo , where the term is attributed to “the country people” (The Country People call this the Hunters-Moon.) The names became traditional in American folklore, where they are now often popularly attributed to “the Native Americans“.[18] The Feast of the Hunters’ Moon is a yearly festival in Lafayette, Indiana, held in late September or early October each year since 1968.[19] In 2010, the Harvest moon occurred on the night of equinox itself (some 512 hours after the point of equinox) for the first time since 1991.[20][21]

All full moons rise around the time of sunset. Because the moon orbits the earth in the same direction the earth is rotating, the moon rises later each day – on average about 50.47 minutes later each day [22] The Harvest Moon and Hunter’s Moon are unique because the time difference between moonrises on successive evenings is much shorter than average. The moon rises approximately 30 minutes later from one night to the next, as seen from about 40 degrees N or S latitude. Thus, there is no long period of darkness between sunset and moonrise for several days following the actual date of the full moon.

The  Merritt Public library is having a talk by an astronomer named Colleen O’Hare on September 20th at &:30 pm, sign up at the front desk is required.

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