- The Harvest Moon is the full moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox – two weeks on either side
- It peaked last night, but for the next two nights it will still appear bright and full in the night sky
- The Harvest Moon rises and sets about 20 minutes after sunrise and sunset compared to other moons
- The name comes from the fact that farmers could use additional moonlight and longer lasting full moons to bring in harvest before the invention of electric lights.
A stunning selection of photos captured last night’s Harvest Moon in all its glory as Earth’s natural satellite illuminated skies around the world.
It is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox – the moment the Sun is seen crossing the celestial equator – on September 22.
In the UK, the full moon rose at 19:23 BST and set at 06:52 BST this morning, but the spectacle will appear full and bright for the next two nights.
On average, the moon rises 50 minutes later than sunset each day, but when it’s an equinox moon, it can rise as little as 25 minutes after sunset.
The September full moon was named the Harvest Moon in the 1700s, when farmers relied on the brightness of the moonlight to harvest late at night.
The Harvest Moon rises earlier, sets later and, in some very northern latitudes, such as Alaska, can remain full and bright for up to a week.
A photographer snaps a star-struck couple watching the full moon in an ancient stone circle on the Isle of Lewis
Harvest Moon rises behind Manhattan, One Vanderbilt, Chrysler Building, Spiral, Hudson Yards and Empire State Building as the sun sets in New York City
The full moon is seen from Tokyo’s Roppongi district. It is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox – the moment the Sun is seen crossing the celestial equator – on September 22
Glow on the Harvest Moon: What is the Equinox Moon?
The Harvest Moon is the first full moon that occurs close to the autumnal equinox, which lasts two weeks after the annual event.
It got its name because farmers are able to use moonlight to work till late night under moonlight.
Normally the full moon rises about 50 minutes after sunset and sets about 50 minutes before sunrise.
For Harvest Moon it could be as little as 20 minutes earlier or later depending on your distance to the north.
Unlike other moon names, Harvest Moon is not tied to a specific month. While this usually happens in September, it can also happen in October.
According to NASA, before the invention of electric lighting, farmers used the light of the full moon closest to the equinox to extend their workdays beyond sunset.
‘It was the only way they could collect their ripening crops in time for the market.
The full moon closest to the autumn equinox became a “harvest moon” and it was always a welcome sight, the US space agency explained.
The term became even deeper in popular culture thanks to a 1903 pop tune called ‘Shine on the Harvest Moon’.
The Harvest Moon can occur any time from a fortnight before the autumn equinox and is either the last full moon of summer or the first full moon of autumn.
This is the fourth full moon of the summer this year, and will peak before the equinox actually occurs, making it the summer moon.
In the Southern Hemisphere it is the fourth full moon of winter, known as the Worm Moon – the winter Harvest Moon occurs in March.
In one of the images of the 2021 Harvest Moon, a photographer captured a star-struck couple watching the spectacle as it climbed an ancient stone circle on the Isle of Lewis.
The full moon is located behind the hills of the Taunus region near Wehrheim, Germany. According to NASA, the light of the full moon closest to the equinox was used to extend its workday beyond sunset before the invention of electric light.
The Harvest Moon, also known as the Corn Moon, is seen behind the Boston Light as it rises in Boston, Massachusetts, US
The Harvest Moon is seen along the Presidential Complex in Ankara, Turkey. The Harvest Moon can occur at any time from a fortnight to a fortnight before the autumnal equinox and is either the last full moon of summer, or the first full moon of autumn.
Grant Jones, 50, lives on the Hebridian Islands and usually takes landscape photos, but was outside during moonrise and snapped the shot on Sunday – just before the moon reached its peak.
They married in 2014 at Stone Circle, Colnish, so it was a pleasure to see a ‘lovely couple’ walking around the stone circle hand in hand.
‘It was twilight, it was getting dark. I knew the moon would be rising. They came in stone and they appeared covered by the moon. It created a beautiful image.
The Harvest Moon got its name from the ability that farmers had to use the extra light to harvest their crops in the early hours – long after sunset.
The Full Harvest Moon rises behind the top of the antenna at One World Trade Center in New York City. This is the fourth full moon of the summer this year, and will peak before the equinox actually occurs, making it the summer moon
The full moon is located behind the hills of the Taunus region near Wehrheim, Germany. On average, the moon rises 50 minutes after sunset each day, but when it’s an equinox moon, it can rise as little as 25 minutes after sunset.
Stunning images of the Harvest Moon have been captured from around the world, including the UK, over Birmingham (left) and the Isle of Wight (right).
The Harvest Moon sets behind the Statue of Liberty before sunrise. The September full moon was named the Harvest Moon in the 1700s, when farmers relied on the brightness of the moonlight to harvest late at night
A full moon, also known as the ‘Harvest Moon’, is seen over the Hanoi skyline at dawn on September 21, 2021.
The Harvest Moon rises earlier, sets later, and in some very northern latitudes, such as Alaska…