Monday, September 8, 2014

Last Supermoon (Harvest Moon) Tonight

Today's full moon is the last in a trio of back-to-back "Supermoons" for the N. Hemisphere this summer.

Tonight, the moon will reach its full phase when it reaches a position opposite from the sun, at about 0138 GMT on September 9th (= September 8th, 9:38 pm EST, in North Carolina). This full moon is the one nearest to the Autumnal equinox this year, hence the term "Harvest Moon".
Oddly enough, this is technically the last full moon of the Summer, not the fall. The autumnal equinox determines that fall begins on September 23, 2014. The 2014 Harvest Moon comes about as early in the calendar as possible. However, Harvest Moons can occur as late as October. 
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Sadly, our weather forecast calls for rain in Raleigh, NC tonight. Have no fear! Watch a live broadcast of the Supermoon from the Canary Islands beginning at 9:30 pm from SLOOH.
Learn more about SUPERMOONS! , or for more moon data see the USN observatory.

1 comment:

  1. Lots of awesome moon photos from last night are posted here:

    http://www.space.com/27084-harvest-full-moon-photos-september-2014.html

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