Harvest Moon

September 26th, 2012 at 3:00 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

   This weekend, we have the most famous of full moons, the “Harvest Moon“. The Harvest Moon is the full moon that is closest to the Autumnal Equinox (which occurred last Saturday). This will get you in the mood (a 40-second classic from over 30 years ago). About 2/3rds of the time, the Harvest Moon comes in September and about 1/3rd of the time it comes in early October. In general, the same names for full moons were used by Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior. The moon is about 239,500  miles from the Earth today.  The Harvest Moon this year will be ever so slightly smaller than an average full moon.   The full moon after the Harvest Moon is called the Hunter’s Moon.  That will occur on Oct. 29th (which means the moon will be pretty full for Halloween).  The distance between the earth and moon varies by about 30,000 miles.  If you wanted to drive to the moon at 55 mph, you’d have to drive for approximately 6 months (without stopping) to get there. If you were on the moon, you would only weigh 1/6th of what you weigh on earth. Think how high you could jump on the moon, or how far you could hit a golf ball or baseball (why does golf ball have a space in the middle, while baseball doesn’t?). The same full moon shines down on everyone on Earth.  (picture from Milwaukee NWS)

4 Responses to “Harvest Moon”

  1. Brad says:

    I read the moon is made of cheese, but the government is keeping us from harvesting it.

  2. Lisa (Caledonia) says:

    Maybe because the name of the sport is the same word that is used to describe the ball used to play it (volleyball, football, baseball, basketball)? It’s different for tennis ball (tennis) and golf ball (golf).

  3. Jack says:

    Cue: Ray Stevens… EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL… :-)

  4. Seattle Girl says:

    Fall is my favorite season! I love the warm days and cool nights. I love the changing leaves. West Michigan is a beautiful place to live!

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