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A Harvest full moon will rise this weekend just above the planet Uranus, a stunning sight for those in the Northern hemisphere.

The Harvest moon is usually a full moon that happens closest to the autumnal equinox and shines immeasurably brighter than normal.

It has been termed Harvest moon as farmers have used the bright moonlight that night to toil in their fields into the wee hours.

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The Harvest Moon will float just above the planet Uranus in the sky this weekend, and skywatchers can get a great look at the celestial show without even going outside.

An odd pair of solar system objects will be meeting up in the night sky tonight: the full moon and distant Uranus. You’ve got two opportunities to watch this sweet celestial action go down during two live Slooh Space Camera shows, the first at 4 p.m. Pacific/7 p.m. Eastern and the second at 7 p.m. Pacific/10 p.m. Eastern on Sept. 29.

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Viewers on the ground with fair weather conditions are sure to be treated to a dazzling view of the Harvest Moon rising just after sunset on Saturday, with spectacular views continuing into early next week.


The moon officially turns full when it reaches that spot in the sky exactly opposite the sun, and this moment will occur Saturday (Sept. 29) at 11:19 p.m. EDT. When you gaze at the full moon this weekend, think of farmers working late into the evening to gather their crop, because that's how the Harvest Moon got its name.

The Harvest Moon allows farmers at the peak of the current harvest season to stay in the fields longer than usual, working by the moon's light. It rises around sunset, but also -- and more importantly -- the moon seems to appear at nearly the same time each successive night.


First, though, a reminder that the Harvest Moon this Saturday night looks no different from any other Full Moon. It’s not bigger, redder, lower, higher or anything else. Yet it isn’t merely a meaningless label for the September Full Moon. Hmm, not just a name, and yet it doesn’t look special. What’s left?

Behavior, that’s what. The Harvest Moon acts differently from other Full Moons. The Moon normally comes up about an hour later each night. But the Harvest Moon rises just 20 or 25 minutes later on successive evenings. Result? From Thursday (September 27) right through Monday (October 1), we’ll see a series of full or nearly-full Moons rising at dusk again and again.

Hudson Valley Almanac Weekly

Moon and Uranus viewing activity can be liveblogged here.

Originally posted to Garrett on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 05:27 PM PDT.

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