Saturday night brings the Full Harvest Moon

  • Saturday's full moon is known as the Full Harvest Moon, as the closest to the autumnal equinox.
Saturday's full moon is known as the Full Harvest Moon,… (NASA/Sean Smith )
September 28, 2012|By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun

It seems hard to believe a month has passed since August’s blue moon, but another full moon will be upon us Saturday night.

The moon reaches its fullest point at 11:19 p.m., though there’s a chance scattered clouds could block the view. Fortunately, showers are no longer in the forecast for overnight Saturday, but mostly cloudy skies are expected.

This one is known as the Harvest Moon, the closest full moon to the autumnal equinox, or as the Corn Moon. The Harvest Moon moniker comes from the fact that, in the days before electric lights, farmers relied on the full moon of the harvesting season to finish their work by night, according to one NASA science news report.

In case of clouds, look Friday and Sunday nights too to catch a glimpse.

Have a weather question? E-mail me at sdance@baltsun.com or tweet to @MdWeather.

Baltimore Sun Articles
|
|
|
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.