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Shine On...

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by CRC, Sep 25, 2007.

  1. CRC

    CRC Survivor of Tidal Waves | RIP 7-24-2015 Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I love this time of year....

    No matter where you live, the moon will look round and full Wednesday as it rises in the east around sunset. This is the full Harvest Moon for us in the northern hemisphere.

    Every month has a full moon, and all the full moons have names. The Harvest Moon is the name for the full moon closest to the September equinox, which came this year on September 23. This is the first full moon of autumn for us in this hemisphere. For the southern hemisphere, it’s the first full moon of spring.

    The crest of the moon’s full phase comes Wednesday at precisely 19:45 Universal Time – that’s 2:24 p.m. in the central U.S. – and it’s the time when, for the entire Earth at once, the moon is most full. But, like all full moons, Wednesday's Harvest Moon will ascend over the eastern horizon at sunset. Moonlight will fill the sky all night long. Farmers of old used the light of the Harvest Moon to gather their crops.

    On average, the moon rises 50 minutes later each day. But – around the time of the Harvest Moon each autumn – the moon rises only about 30 minutes later each day. So farmers could continue working in the fields by moonlight. The difference springs from Earth’s tilt on its axis, the orbit of the moon around Earth, and the orbit of Earth around the sun.

  2. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    I was just looking at the overly-bright orb last night.

    Harvest moon. [doh]Shoulda' known it was coming.
  3. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Moderator Moderator Founding Member

    Full Moon to me just means all the crazies are out and about. And yep, based on the idiots on my way into work this morning I knew it was going to be a full moon soon!
  4. CRC

    CRC Survivor of Tidal Waves | RIP 7-24-2015 Moderator Emeritus Founding Member


    Try working in an ER, or Labor & Delivery (where I worked for 12 yrs) during Full Moon...

    Didn't even have to look outside...I could tell by the patients....
  5. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    yeah. First thing in the door, fit them for tinfoil hats. :sneaky:
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