Later this week, on Thursday, sky gazers will be able to watch this month’s full Moon rise in the night sky, moon that will rather uncommonly also be called the Harvest Moon. Usually, this title is given to the September full moon. This is because it is tied and dependent on the Autumn Equinox.
The Visibility of the Moon on Thursday
According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the online version, the Harvest Moon should be completely full on Thursday, at around 2:41 p.m. EDT. However, specialists warn that some people may find it hard to see the full moon because it will be sunny outside. Also, they point out that, in some places, the moon below the horizon line for at least a part of the day, which will be making it even harder to see.
However, the Moon will appear to be full on Wednesday night and will still look complete even in the later hours of Thursday evening.
The Origin of the Full Harvest Moon
Usually the title of “Harvest Moon” is given to the full moon that rises in September. However, this depends on the Autumnal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, as the title is given to the full moon closest to it. Last month, this took place on September 06, which is farther away to September 22 than October 05.
According to the Almanac, the Harvest Moon tends to rise very soon after sunset. It is also one of the longest lasting ones, as it is visible over a longer period of time than other full moons. After its appearance on Thursday afternoon, it will continue being visible up till around the same time at sunrise, the next day, and all throughout the night.
The October full moon is also called the Full Hunter’s Moon, the Dying Grass Moon, or the Travel Moon. These are tied to the commencement of the preparations for winter.
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