Washington DC Super Harvest Moonrise tonight - 6:45pm

From: Curt
Sent on: Thursday, September 23, 2010 1:03 PM
Washington DC Super Harvest Moonrise tonight - 6:45pm I am posting information from another local photography meetup group below.

If you are free this evening and can make it to the Iwo Jima memorial for moonrise (which happens at 6:45pm), please consider joining us!

The rising moon will have special qualities not seen in two decades (see text at bottom for details).



This is additional information to go along with the already-scheduled meetup at the Iwo Jima Memorial tonight


The full moon rising tonight will be a “Super Harvest Moon” and it will the first time in two decades that it will appear this brightly and in this position.  From an external site (linked below):

Super Harvest Moon is a Rare Autumnal Equinox Phenomenon - Those living in the Northern Hemisphere will about to experience an autumnal equinox phenomenon known as the Harvest Moon. However this year 2010, it would be a “Super Harvest Moon” or as what astronomers say “Harvestest Moon” since the sun will set as the moon rises.

This is the first time in two decades that a Super Harvest Moon will occur in the sky. The autumnal equinox phenomenon will create a strange 360-degree twilight show as the moon will rise in one direction while the sun will set on the opposite direction.

The Harvest Moon
will appear as orange moon and it will be gigantic due to a psychological effect known as the “Moon illusion”. There is no need for any special equipment to watch this Harvest Moon 2010 in the sky later tonight as long as the skies are clear in your location.

The Harvest Moon got its name from agriculture. In the days 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. The full Moon closest to the autumnal equinox became “the Harvest Moon,” and it was always a welcome sight.

The super harvest moon will be seen at around 6:45pm
in New York City so we hope that everyone will get a good sight of this rare autumnal equinox phenomenon. There is also a bonus phenomenon today as the summer officially ends at 11:09pm Eastern Time when Jupiter will appear right next to the Moon.


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