“Get Ready to Be Moonstruck: The Harvest Moon Lights Up West Nipissing.

Hey, stargazers and moon enthusiasts! 🌕 Get ready to mark your calendars for a celestial event you won’t want to miss. On September 29, 2023, the sky will be graced by the Harvest Moon, the last supermoon of the year. How exciting is that?

What Makes This Moon Special?

The Harvest Moon isn’t just any full moon. It’s the one that falls closest to the September equinox, making it a hallmark of the fall season in the Northern Hemisphere. This year, the moon will reach its fullest at 09:57 Greenwich Time. For those of you in the Eastern Time zone, that’s just before moonset at 5:57 a.m.

A Moon of Many Dates

While we often associate the Harvest Moon with September, it can sometimes make its appearance in October. In fact, between 1970 and 2050, there are 18 instances when the Harvest Moon will show up in October. The last time this happened was in 2020, and the next will be in 2025. So, it’s a bit of a celestial roulette!

Supermoon Galore!

This Harvest Moon is extra special because it’s the last in a series of four supermoons. What’s a supermoon, you ask? It’s a full moon that occurs when our lunar friend is closest to Earth in its orbit. This makes the moon appear slightly bigger and brighter, although the difference might be subtle to the casual observer.

Not Just for Stargazers

The Harvest Moon has practical implications too. Traditionally, it provided extra light for farmers to work late into the night during the peak of the harvest season. Although modern farming techniques have lessened the need for moonlit labor, the Harvest Moon’s brilliance still captivates us all.

So, whether you’re a seasoned skywatcher or just someone who loves to gaze at the moon, this Harvest Moon is a celestial event you won’t want to miss. Step outside and enjoy the view; it promises to be a luminous spectacle!