Blood Moon Rising

This is exciting. Have you ever wondered what, exactly, is a Harvest Moon? It’s the full moon you see within close proximity of the Fall (Autumnal) Equinox,
which happens on September 23 this year.

So on September 23, 2015, for those of us who live in the Northern Hemisphere, it will be the time of year when the sun shines directly on the Equator, and the length of your day and the length of your night will be nearly equal. So what does that have to do with the price of peas?

Not much, but this year’s lunar activity is going to be particularly awesome: “The fourth and final total lunar eclipse of this lunar tetrad–four total lunar eclipses in a row, spaced at six full moons apart–will fall on the night of September 27 and 28, visible to sky watchers in North America” (EarthSky). At the same time, South America will experience its Spring (Vernal) Equinox.

What this means is, those of you who like to watch the night sky might see the incredible Super Harvest Moon of 2015.  Happy stargazing!






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