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09/08/2014 – Ephemeris – There’s a super Harvest Moon tonight!

September 8, 2014

Ephemeris for Monday, September 8th.  The sun will rise at 7:13.  It’ll be up for 12 hours and 53 minutes, setting at 8:06.   The moon, at full today, will rise at 7:44 this evening.

Tonight’s full moon is the Harvest Moon, being the closest full moon to the autumnal equinox.  It’s about the earliest Harvest Moon on can get in the year, occurring 14 days before the equinox because the moon’s cycle is 29 ½ days, and the autumnal equinox falls on the 22nd not the 23rd as usual.  On top of that it’s another supermoon.  Perigee or the Moon’s closest approach to the Earth of the month occurred yesterday.   We were all oblivious to the fact until some astrologer wrote about it a few years ago.  It’s nice to know.   Actually there’s a supermoon every month but it only nearly coincides with the full moon one to three times a year at consecutive full moons.  Trouble is the Moon always appears bigger near the horizon.  It’s an illusion.

Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan.  They may be different for your location.

Addendum

See here for last month’s discussion about the supermoon.

 

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