Harvest Moon

Last modified on October 6th, 2006

An update from spaceweather:

HARVEST MOON: Tonight’s full moon has a special name–the “Harvest
Moon.” It is the full moon closest to the northern autumnal equinox.
Long ago, before electric lights, farmers relied on the Harvest Moon to
light up their fields at night, allowing them to harvest autumn crops
even after sunset.

The Harvest Moon of 2006 is a big one–almost 12% wider than some full
Moons we’ve seen earlier this year. Why? Because the Moon is near
perigee, the side of the Moon’s lopsided orbit that comes closest to

When the Harvest Moon rises tonight, go outside and look around. You
might see some strange things.

Sounds like a pretty good night to get loaded, doesn’t it?

2 responses to “Harvest Moon”

  1. Rosie says:

    It’s August 15th on the Chinese calendar, and it’s the Moon Festival! Families usually get together and feast! FEEAST!

  2. tiffany says:

    any night is a good night to get loaded, with or without the harvest moon. hehehe 😉

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