Full Moon September 2021: Watch the Harvest Moon tonight

Full Moon September 2021: Watch the Harvest Moon tonight

The full moon known as the harvest moon, because it gives farmers more time to harvest their summer-grown crops will appear at night, Monday night shortly after sunset.

Appearing two days before the autumnal equinox this year, the full moon can be seen for the first time at 7:55 pm ET, 17 minutes after sunset, According to NASA.
During the few days surrounding a harvest moon, moonrise will occur in just 25 to 30 minutes across the northern United States and only 10 to 20 minutes in far northern Canada and Europe. According to NASA.
Usually, the moon rises near sunset and after about 50 minutes each day, According to EarthSky. But when a full moon occurs near the autumnal equinox, like a harvest moon, the moon rises near sunset time, creating moonlight from dusk until dawn for several nights in a row.
This year’s harvest moon will be the last of the summer season for those in the northern hemisphere, while it will be the fourth winter moon for those in the southern hemisphere, According to EarthSky.

The harvest moon may appear larger and brighter than other full moons, because this moon is actually closer to the horizon. The position of this moon gives the illusion of spaciousness, even though it is no larger than any other full moon.

A plane flies over the harvest moon as it rises behind the Statue of Liberty in New York City, October 1, 2020.
Another oddity of the harvest moon is its color – it can appear especially orange. This is also due to the fact that the harvest moon is closer to the horizon, which creates a greater thickness of the Earth’s atmosphere which creates an orange tint, According to EarthSky.

It has been a year of extraordinary celestial activity, with a rare third moon, known as a blue moon, emerging in late August. It’s usually more common for a season to have three full moons, but this year there will be four moons that occur in just one season, between the June solstice and the September equinox.

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next sky schedule

For the remainder of 2021, you may be able to view space and sky events based on your location.

The full moon and their names according to the old farmer’s calendar:

• September 20: Harvest Moon

• October 20: Hunter’s Moon

• November 19: Beaver Moon

• December 18: Cold Moon

Meteor showers, according to the 2021 Meteor Shower Guide from EarthSky:

• October 8: Draconids

• October 21: Orionids

• 4-5 November: south of Torres

• November 11-12: North of Torres

• November 17: Leonids

• December 13-14: Gemini

• December 22: Ursids

Solar and lunar eclipses according to the old farmer’s calendar:

• November 19: A partial lunar eclipse will be seen in North America and Hawaii between 1 a.m. ET and 7:06 a.m. ET.

• December 4: A total eclipse visible to those in the Falkland Islands, the southern tip of Africa, Antarctica and southeast Australia.

When will the planets be visible?

Skywatchers will have multiple opportunities to spot planets during designated mornings and evenings throughout the remainder of 2021, according to Farmer’s Almanac Planetary Directory.

Most of these – except for Neptune – can be seen with the naked eye, but binoculars or a telescope will provide the best view.

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Mercury will appear as a bright star in the morning sky from October 18 to November 1. It will shine in the night sky until September 21, and from November 29 to December 31.

Venus, our closest neighbor in the Solar System, will appear in the western sky at dusk in the evening until December 31. It is the second brightest object in our sky, after the moon.

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Mars appears reddish in the morning sky between November 24 and December 31.

Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, is the third brightest object in our sky. Look for it in the evening between now and December 31.

Only the rings of Saturn can be seen through a telescope, but the planet itself can still be seen with the naked eye in the evening until December 31.

Binoculars or telescopes will help you detect the greenish glow of Uranus in the morning until November 3 and in the evening from November 4 to December 31. He will be at his best now until December 31st.

Our farthest neighbor in the Solar System, Neptune, will be visible through the telescope in the evening until December 31. It will remain at its height until November 8th.

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