Harvest Moon comes again

Fitting that September’s moon is called the Full Harvest Moon.  This full moon rises soon after sunset.  Imagine the days before electricity and you will realize how important that was. In fact it was very important as farmers used to keep working into the nights back in the day.

Where did “Harvest Moon” get its name from. Well, according the the Farmer’s almanac it is referred to that for several reasons. (link is at the bottom for more reading). The almanac’s says it is called this because, ” This results in an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening, which was a traditional aide to farmers and crews harvesting their summer-grown crops. Hence, it’s called the “Harvest” Moon!”

During this time the Moon will come in full and tend to shine for an extra amount of time.
The link below explained a little more such as why. “The Moon’s orbital motion (combined with the larger orbit of the Earth around the Sun) carries it farther eastward among the constellations of the zodiac from night to night. At any one moonrise, the Moon occupies a particular place on the celestial sphere (the great dome of the heavens), but when the Earth turns toward that point 24 hours later, the Moon has moved off to the east about 12 degrees, and it takes an average of 50 minutes longer for the Earth to rotate toward the Moon and for the Moon thus to “rise.” Think of it as a giant Slinky in which each loop, representing one lunar orbit of the Earth, advances the orbit a bit farther along the spiral path. The result of all this is that the Moon doesn’t rise at the same time everyday.”

“But around the date of the Harvest Moon, the Moon does rise at about the same time for several days in a row. Why? Remember that the zodiac is the band of constellations through which the Moon travels from night to night. The section of the zodiac band in which the full Moon travels around the start of autumn is the section that forms the most shallow angle with the eastern horizon. Because the Moon’s orbit on successive nights is more nearly parallel to the horizon at that time, its relationship to the eastern horizon does not change appreciably, and the Earth does not have to turn as far to bring up the Moon.”

It was interesting to learn who was a “Harvest Moon” and it also gave me a wonderful opportunity to get some nice Moon shots/

Source below to learn more about “Harvest Moon”

https://www.almanac.com/content/what-harvest-moon#

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I am recently retired from the Air Force after 20 years and am beginning a new chapter in my life.

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