Harvest Moon Reaching Fullness 18 Sep 13

This year’s Harvest Moon will reach fullness early Thursday morning. The full moon closest to the autumnal equinox is given the title “Harvest Moon” because for a few days before and after it reaches fullness, the moon rises only around 30 minutes later each night, ensuring an early-evening light source for farmers working late to harvest their crops. Some years the Harvest Moon falls in early October, but with the equinox only a few days away it will be a September Harvest Moon this year. It will reach fullness at approximately 6:13am on Thursday. The equinox arrives at 3:44pm on Sunday.