Perhaps the most famous full moon of the year heralds the end of summer in the northern hemisphere.
There won’t be a supermoon above our heads this Saturday, September 10, but the harvest moon. It announces the end of the summer season in the northern hemisphere and has probably the least mysterious nickname of all the full moons. According to NASA, its name dates back to its first use in Europe in 1706.
The Harvest Moon is often referred to as the September Full Moon. But in reality, it is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox (this year on September 22). It can therefore just as well occur in October. In Europe, this full moon is also called the fruit moon or the barley moon, names that associate it with the seasonal autumn harvest in the northern hemisphere. In America, the Algonquin tribes also called it the corn moon, always for the same reason.
See you this Saturday to admire the 2022 harvest moon
The Harvest Moon will rise this Saturday, September 10. Like any full moon, it will appear above the eastern horizon at dusk, shortly after sunset in the west. The day before or after will also be a good time to observe this moon. It will appear equally full to the naked eye and create the optical illusion that makes it appear so huge above the horizon at dusk.
Exactly why the full moon appears so large to the naked eye when it is near the horizon at dusk is still debated. Nevertheless, it is worth going out to see. Just find a spot with a good view to the east and get out after the sun goes down.