Harvest Moon 2014: Your beam to Summer Supermoon, Act 3 – The Republican
September 8, 2014 - Supermoon
Harvest Moon 2014, set for Monday night, completes a astronomical triple play of uninterrupted supermoons over a march of a summer.
The full moon tonight, Sept. 8, will for a third true month coincide with a moon’s closest proceed to a Earth during a month, or perigee – and when that happens, it’s time to run out a tenure “supermoon” (some use super moon, and also super full moon).
Here’s a outline of Harvest Moon 2014 contribution and figures:
Why is it called a Harvest Moon?
The full moon closest to a autumnal equinox is called a Harvest Moon, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac. That means it can start anywhere from about dual weeks before by about dual weeks after a start of autumn. This year’s autumnal equinox takes place during 10:29 p.m. EDT on Sept. 22 – 14 days from a Sep full moon. The Oct full moon is on Oct. 8 – 16 days from a equinox. This year’s Harvest Moon is about as early as it gets.
And while it seems like a Harvest Moon should be a kind of autumnal Oct affair, it occurs some-more mostly in September. According to Space.com:
Although on average, an Oct Harvest Moon happens once about each 4 years, this figure can be deceptive. The final Oct Harvest Moon, for example, was in 2009, though a subsequent won’t start until 2017. Conversely, after 2017, we need wait customarily 3 years until 2020 for a subsequent Oct Harvest Moon.
When does Harvest Moon 2014 indeed happen?
Tonight’s full moon occurs during a same time opposite a globe, though that time, of course, depends on where we are. Astronomers gripping a central record will record this year’s Harvest Moon as Sept. 9. The central time for astronomical events is Universal Time (Greenwich Mean Time), and a accurate time of this month’s full moon is Sept. 9 during 1:38 a.m. UT.
For those of us in Springfield, Massachusetts, a time strikes Harvest Moon 2014 on Sept. 8, tonight, during 9:38 p.m. EDT.
In Springfield, Illinois, a full moon occurs during 8:38 p.m; in Springfield, Colorado, it’ll be during 7:38 p.m., not many after sunset; in Springfield, Oregon, it’s during 6:38 p.m., usually a bit before sunset; and over on a other side of a planet, in Springfield, Australia, a time of a full moon is 11:08 a.m. on Sept. 9.
Moonrise comes during a flattering fitting time in Massachusetts and opposite many of a U.S., brazen of a accurate time of a Harvest Moon / supermoon. In a Bay State’s Springfield, for example, moonrise Monday is during 6:50 p.m. To find times of moonrise and moonset and phases of a moon in your area, timeanddate.com is an glorious resource.
Where can we see Harvest Moon 2014?
Any full moon, though generally supermoons, demeanour their biggest when they rise. The moon always rises in a east. In Springfield, Massachusetts, a object sets during 7:12 p.m., and with a moonrise customarily 22 mins earlier, we should be means to see a sincerely super moonrise.
A NASA.gov essay patrician “Three Supermoons in a Row” explains because a moon seems incomparable when it rises:
The apparition occurs when a Moon is nearby a horizon. For reasons not entirely accepted by astronomers or psychologists, low-hanging Moons demeanour unnaturally vast when they lamp by trees, buildings and other forehead objects. When a Moon apparition amplifies a perigee Moon, a distended universe rising in a easterly during sundown can seem super indeed.
And as prolonged as your skies are clear, a subsequent few nights will make for glorious moon watching. EarthSky.org explains why:
No reason to extent a Harvest Moon fun to a nights of Sep 8-9 or 9-10. At center and primeval latitudes in a Northern hemisphere, demeanour for a moon to come adult during eve or sundown for several nights in succession. This way of moonlit nights is what characterizes a Harvest Moon.
Can we see Harvest Moon 2014?
Mike Skurko, a meteorologist for CBS 3 Springfield, The Republican / MassLive’s media partner, says Monday should move transparent skies for supermoon watching. Stick with MassLive for updated continue forecasts around a day.
If you’re stuck, for example, in a newsroom or some other indoor location, or if a sky is cloudy, The Slooh Community Observatory will have live “The Super Harvest Moon” coverage commencement Monday during 9:30 p.m. EDT here »
Slooh, a consortium of telescopes connected around a Internet, will promote live images of a rising Harvest Moon from several locations in North America “with special zoomed in, close-up views of a lunar aspect from Slooh’s member tranquil comforts located during a Institute of Astrophysics of a Canary Islands, off a seashore of Africa.”
More about supermoons
Here are a integrate of ominous resources about supermoons:
And here’s a accessible striking from Space.com:
When’s a subsequent supermoon?
After this summer’s excavation of 3 true supermoons, 2015 will move customarily one supermoon, on Sept. 28, UT (that’ll be Sept. 27 for those of us in a Eastern Time Zone). The sole supermoon of 2015 also happens to be subsequent year’s Harvest Moon.
What other moon phenomena are entrance up?
- There’s a good one on a horizon, so to speak: A lunar obscure is set for subsequent month, on Oct. 8, and it’ll be a blood moon. The tenure “blood moon” was used widely for a Apr lunar eclipse. EarthSky.org gives a extensive overview of blood moons and their credentials her »
- There’s a blue moon – a second full moon in a same month – to demeanour brazen to subsequent year, on Jul 31.
Want to know some-more about a moon and a phases?
Here are some resources for some-more information about a moon and a monthly circuit around a planet: