(image courtesy of NASA)
"Super" Harvest Moon
September 8-9, 2014

A full moon will occur on Monday Night, September 8-9. 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. This year the Harvest Moon is also a "super" full moon. A full moon is given the name "super" when it turns full less than a day from lunar perigee (the moon's closest point to the Earth). This is actually the 3rd supermoon of 2014. For more information about the three supermoons this year - see this NASA Science Story.

If the full moon occurs in early September (like this year), 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 - Sunday evening (7th) - 7:07 pm CDT
Moon Set - Monday morning (8th) - 6:45 am CDT

Full Moon Rise - Monday evening (8th) - 7:45 pm CDT
Full Moon Set - Tuesday morning (9th) - 7:59 am CDT

Moon Rise - Tuesday evening (9th) - 8:23 pm CDT
Moon Set - Wednesday morning (10th) - 9:11 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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