The series of supermoons will reach its grand finale on Thursday, September 28, when the last and most spectacular supermoon of the season graces the evening sky. This celestial phenomenon marks the conclusion of a summer filled with awe-inspiring and radiant full moons. This year’s harvest supermoon is expected to reach its peak brilliance at approximately 6 a.m. ET on Friday, having already risen the night before, according to predictions provided by the Farmer’s Almanac. The previous supermoon made its appearance on August 30, 2023, when it appeared opposite the Sun.
But what exactly is the harvest moon, and why is it so special?
The harvest moon, as it is known, holds particular significance as it closely aligns with the autumnal equinox that occurred on September 23rd. It is often referred to as the “corn moon,” symbolizing the conclusion of summer harvests. This symbolism resonates especially among farmers and avid skywatchers who recognize its importance in marking the transition from the warm summer months to the crisp days of fall.
The term “harvest moon” finds its roots in the agricultural practices of a bygone era. In times before tractors were equipped with headlights, the presence of moonlight held immense importance for farmers. It allowed them to extend their work hours, ensuring a timely and efficient gathering of crops from the fields.
So, when do these mesmerizing supermoons occur?
Supermoons appear when the moon reaches its closest point to Earth in its elliptical orbit, creating a captivating illusion of increased size and enhanced luminance. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, “This year, the harvest supermoon would be at its peak brilliance at around 6 a.m. ET on Friday, September 29, having already risen the previous night. This celestial spectacle will continue to grace the evening sky on Friday.”
As we bid farewell to the supermoon series for this season, let us appreciate the natural wonders that light up our skies and connect us to the rhythms of the cosmos.