Harvest Moon 2014 also a supermoon — and it’s Monday night
September 8, 2014 - Supermoon
Monday night will be another large one for moon lovers.
Tonight’s moon is not usually a full moon but also a super Harvest Moon.
The Harvest Moon is a full moon closest to a autumnal equinox, that this year falls on Sept. 22 during 9:29 p.m. CDT.
The name Harvest Moon goes behind to a days before electric lights. This time of year many crops develop all during once, and farmers used to rest on light to get a collect in.
According to NASA, via a year a moon rises, on average, about 50 mins after any day. But nearby a autumnal equinox, a time disproportion is usually 30 minutes.
Per NASA: “To a non-astronomer, that competence sound like astronomical trivia. But to sky watchers it creates a outrageous difference. For several nights in a quarrel around a time of a Harvest Moon, a moon rises during about a same time — sunset.”
According to EarthSky, this year’s Harvest Moon qualifies as a supermoon (astronomers cite to call it a perigee full moon) because a moon turns full reduction than one day after reaching lunar perigee — a moon’s closest proceed to Earth in a given month.
The moon will strech a rise generosity during 8:38 p.m. CDT Monday night. However, a moon reached a closest indicate to Earth this month Sunday night during 10:30 p.m.
It’s a fifth-closest proceed of 2014, according to EarthSky. There were also supermoons in Jan (two of them), February, Jul and August.
Astronomers suggest looking to a eastern sky only before sundown Monday to see a moon seem on a horizon, when it should seem a biggest. That’s since of a “moon illusion,” that NASA calls “a obvious by still puzzling pretence of a eye that creates low-hanging moons seem most incomparable than they unequivocally are.”
The moon while low on a setting could also seem reddish since it’s being filtered by a clouds and dirt of a atmosphere.
All those factors could means a moon to demeanour some-more like a large pumpkin.
In Alabama, a moonrise on Monday is 6:45 p.m. (sunset is 7:05 p.m.). The moon reaches rise fullness, however, during 8:38 p.m.
One of a hallmarks of a Harvest Moon is that it comes adult during sundown for several nights in a quarrel — so it can seem as if there are several full moon nights.