Places– of Charm

Look up to the sky tonight to see the beautiful Harvest Moon, colored by the extra thickness of Earth’s atmosphere in the direction toward the horizon.  The Harvest Moon is a full moon that falls the closest to the autumnal equinox.  This years Harvest Moon qualifies as a supermoon, too.  It is turning full less than one day after reaching lunar perigee, the moon’s closest point to Earth for the month.  This moon will usher in high tides along ocean coastlines for the next several days.  High tides will climb extra high, and low tides will fall exceptionally low.

harvest moon

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9 thoughts on “Places– of Charm

  1. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Before electric lights, farmers depended on bright moonlight to extend the workday beyond sunset. It was the only way they could gather their ripening crops in time for market. We’ll always love the Harvest Moon.

  2. Abby Upton

    Hi Mary Alice! Did you notice the Sturgeon Moon back in August? Or the Strawberry Moon in June? How about the Wolf Moon, Hunter Moon, or Beaver Moon? Before modern calendars, naming full moons was a way for people to keep track of time.

  3. Tommy Redding

    It takes 29.5 days for the moon to completely cycle from full moon to new moon and back to full. As this is every so slightly shorter than our calendar months, this is the reason there are occasionally blue moons — the term used to describe the second full moon in a month.

  4. Do you recall Neil Young’s song, Harvest Moon? Here are a couple of stanzas:
    But there’s a full moon risin’
    Let’s go dancin’ in the light
    We know where the music’s playin’
    Let’s go out and feel the night.

    Because I’m still in love with you
    I want to see you dance again
    Because I’m still in love with you
    On this harvest moon.

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