What a harvest moon actually is

What a harvest moon actually is

By Wright's calculations, roughly one in four harvest moons rise in October. Next year, we'll be back to the more usual schedule, with the Harvest Moon occurring on September 24, just two days after the 2018 autumnal equinox. The planets will appear just 2/5ths of a moon-width apart, low on the eastern sky, just before the sun rises. That's why the moon looks more orange. A bright full moon in September or October provided farmers with ample light to work in the fields, and so the name of the harvest moon was born.

In the future, the first day of fall will be on September 24 in the years 2092 and 2096.

As National Geographic explains, that hasn't happened since 2009; it will happen again in 2020.

As the name suggests, the harvest moon traditionally marks the start of harvest season when the farmers bring in ripened crops in preparation for winter.

All full moons are special, but the Harvest moon has some special features that truly makes it unique. When the moon gets colored like a deep red hue, it was said to be the Blood Moon that is basically associated with the lunar eclipse.

The best views of Thursday's full moon will be in the West, South and Northeast.

Here's the full list of upcoming full moons, the dates they fall on - and whether to catch them in the morning or evening.

The last time this happened was in 2009, when we saw Full Moons on September 4 and October 4.

It is easy to guess why the harvest moon is named as such.

December's is the Cold Moon, named for the icy temperatures.

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