Harvest Moon

The Harvest Moon occurs around the autumnal equinox in September (and sometimes October) every year in the northern hemisphere. This natural phenomenon sees the full moon rise for several nights in a row and burn brightly until the early morning. The luminance of this full moon used to assist early-morning harvest crews and hence the name “Harvest Moon” was given. From the point of the moon’s first sighting, it will rise about 50 minutes later each day until such time it has waned once again. The orange color of the harvest moon is thought to be one of its unique hallmarks, but this is not the case. In reality, the orange color comes from the moon’s closeness to the horizon. Stories of the moon can be found in American folklore and many traditions around the moon can be attributed to Native American culture.