The harvest moon will glow an eerie orange colour as it rises in the sky. Here’s how to watch
(CNN)If you need a sign other than pumpkin spice lattes that fall is in the air, look no further than the harvest moon.
Stargazers can see the moon starting around dusk on Friday, and it will top at 5:59 a.m. ET Saturday, as indicated by NASA.
This lunar event is called the harvest moon because it is close to the fall equinox, a time when farmers often harvest their crops, NASA said.
In 2022, September’s full moon is closest to the autumnal equinox, which falls on September 22, so it’s called the harvest moon, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanack.At the point when October’s full moon is nearer to the equinox, it gets the name gather moon, and September’s is known as the corn moon.
The reap moon initially arises around dusk on Friday and rises 25 minutes after the fact every day in the northern US and 10 to 20 minutes after the fact in Canada and Europe, as per The Old Rancher’s Chronicle. When the moon moves into its next stage, it gets back to its generally expected timetable of rising 50 minutes after the fact every day.
Other full moons during the year remain on that 50-minute timeline, according to EarthSky.
The earlier rising time of the harvest moon happens in the Northern Hemisphere near the autumnal equinox when the moon’s orbit is closest with the Eastern horizon, The Old Farmer’s Almanack said.The moon’s circle moves around 12 degrees toward the east every day, but since September’s full moon is so near the skyline, it rises sooner than expected, as per the chronological registry.
Moonlight lasts from dawn to dusk for a few nights in a row, which gives farmers light to continue working at night, EarthSky said.
In the Southern Half of the globe, this impact happens around the spring equinox in one or the other Walk or April, as per EarthSky.
When the moon begins its ascent into the sky, it may look like a burnt orange hue. This is because there is a thicker layer of the Earth’s atmosphere along the horizon compared with directly above our heads, according to EarthSky.
That environment goes about as a channel, changing the moon into a frightful variety when it initially arises over the skyline.
The harvest moon may also appear larger in the sky compared with other full moons, but your eyes are playing a trick on you.
Any full moon will look greater along the skyline, so the collect moon’s area near the horizon makes this optical deception more perceptible, EarthSky said.
Remaining events in 2022
Three more full moons will occur this year, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanack:
- October 9: Hunter’s moon
- November 8: Beaver moon
- December 7: Cold moon
Native American tribes have different names for the full moons, such as the Cheyenne tribe’s “drying grass moon” for the one happening in September, and the Arapaho tribe’s “popping trees” for the full moon occurring in December.
Catch the peak of these upcoming meteor shower events later this year, according to EarthSky’s 2022 meteor shower guide:
- Draconids: October 8-9
- Orionids: October 20-21
- South Taurids: November 5
- North Taurids: November 12
- Leonids: November 17-18
- Geminids: December 13-14
- Ursids: December 22-23
And there will be one more total lunar eclipse and a partial solar eclipse in 2022, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanack. The partial solar eclipse on October 25 will be visible to people in parts of Greenland, Iceland, most of Europe, northeast Africa, and western and central Asia.
The complete lunar obscuration on November 8 should be visible in Asia, Australia, the Pacific, South America and North America somewhere in the range of 3:02 and 8:56 a.m. ET. However, for individuals in eastern North America, the moon will set during that time.
Wear proper eclipse glasses to view solar eclipses safely as the sun’s light can damage the eyes.