A ‘harvest moon’ is rolling into town and hitting up L.A. skies this September. The moon will be reaching its peak fullness for an incredibly bright and stunning phenomenon signaling the end of summer.
The Moon will appear full for three days from Thursday evening up until Sunday morning. According to experts, the best time to catch it is between when the sun sets on Friday, September 9 until it reaches peak illumination at 2:58 A.M. PST on Saturday the 10th. Whenever you decide to catch it, just remember to look up to the skies any time after dark for a glimpse of this beautiful phenomenon.
According to NASA, the name ‘harvest moon’ is an old European name that came about as far back as 1706, when Maine Farmers Almanac published older native-American names for full moons.
The Harvest Moon is an old European name with the Oxford English Dictionary giving 1706 as the year of its first published use. Most years the Harvest Moon falls in September like this one, but in years past it has even occurred in October, such as last years.
“According to this almanac, as the full Moon in September – the Algonquin tribes in what is now the northeastern U.S. called this the Corn Moon, as this was the time for gathering their [late summer] main staple crops of corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice.”
So, set your alarms and take in the stunning moon while you can!