(image courtesy of NASA)
Harvest Moon
September 18-19, 2013

A full moon will occur on Wednesday Night, September 18-19. It is given the special name of Harvest Moon since it is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox. In years past (before tractor lights), farmers depended on the light of the Harvest Moon to gather ripening crops late into the night. Most Harvest Moon's occur in September, but sometimes it will occur in October. The next time a Harvest Moon will occur in October is 2017.

If the full moon occurs in early September (like 2011 - which was September 11-12), a name of Green Corn Moon may also be given to the harvest moon. This name was given due to the corn not being ready to harvest during the early harvest moon.

Moon Rise - Tuesday evening (17th) - 6:37 pm CDT
Moon Set - Wednesday morning (18th) - 6:32 am CDT

Full Moon Rise - Wednesday evening (18th) - 7:11 pm CDT
Full Moon Set - Thursday morning (19th) - 7:41 am CDT

Moon Rise - Thursday evening (19th) - 7:44 pm CDT
Moon Set - Friday morning (20th) - 8:48 am CDT

Times are based on the location of North Platte.  Specific times for locations other than North Platte can be calculated using the U.S. Naval Observatory website.

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by Matt Masek

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