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Harvest Moon: Did You Witness the Super Harvest Moon and Jupiter?

September 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Harvest Moon: Did You Wintess the Super Harvest Moon and Jupiter? – Those living in the Northern Hemisphere might have witnessed an autumnal equinox phenomenon known as the Harvest Moon. This year 2010, it was a “Super Harvest Moon” or as what astronomers say “Harvestest Moon” since the sun set as the moon rose.

This was the first time in two decades that a Super Harvest Moon occurred in the sky. The autumnal equinox phenomenon created a strange 360-degree twilight show as the moon rose in one direction while the sun set on the opposite direction.

September 22 was also known as the autumnal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. The Harvest Moon appeared as orange moon and its size was gigantic due to a psychological effect known as the “Moon illusion”. 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.

Aside from the Harvest Moon, there was also a bonus phenomenon as the summer officially when Jupiter appeared right next to the Moon. Were you able to see Jupiter and the Harvest Moon?

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