The Harvest Moon will glow a strange orange color as it rises in the sky.  Here's how to watch |  CNN

The Harvest Moon will glow a strange orange color as it rises in the sky. Here’s how to watch | CNN

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If you need a sign other than pumpkin spice lattes falling through the air, look no further than the Harvest Moon.

Astronomers can see the moon from sunset Friday, and it will peak at 5:59 a.m. ET Saturday, according to NASA.

This lunar event is called the Harvest Moon because it’s close to the autumnal equinox, a time when farmers often harvest their crops, NASA said.

In 2022, the September full moon is closest to the autumnal equinox, which falls on September 22, so it’s called the harvest moon, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac. When the October full moon is closer to the equinox, it is called the harvest moon, and the September full moon is called the corn moon.

The harvest moon first appears at sunset Friday and rises 25 minutes later each day in the northern United States and 10 to 20 minutes later in Canada and Europe, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Once the moon enters its next phase, it returns to its normal schedule of rising 50 minutes later each day.

Other full moons throughout the year remain on this 50-minute timeline, according to EarthSky.

The earliest harvest moonrise time occurs in the northern hemisphere near the autumnal equinox when the moon’s orbit is closest to the eastern horizon, The Old Farmer’s report said. Almanac. The moon’s orbit moves about 12 degrees east each day, but because September’s full moon is so close to the horizon, it rises earlier than usual, according to the almanac.

Moonlight lasts from dawn to dusk for a few consecutive nights, giving farmers light to continue working at night, EarthSky said.

In the Southern Hemisphere, this effect occurs around the vernal equinox in March or April, according to EarthSky.

When the moon begins its ascent in the sky, it may have a burnt orange hue. That’s because there’s a thicker layer of Earth’s atmosphere along the horizon compared to directly overhead, according to EarthSky.

This atmosphere acts like a filter, turning the moon an eerie color as it first emerges above the horizon.

The Harvest Moon may also appear larger in the sky compared to other full moons, but your eyes are playing tricks on you.

Any full moon will appear larger on the horizon, so the location of the harvest moon near the horizon makes this optical illusion more visible, EarthSky said.

Three more Full Moons will occur this year, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac:

• October 9: Hunter’s Moon

• November 8: Beaver Moon

• December 7: Cold Moon

Native American tribes have different names for full moons, such as the Cheyenne tribe’s “dry grass moon” for the one that occurs in September, and the Arapaho tribe’s “bright trees” for the December full moon.

Catch the peak of these upcoming meteor shower events later this year, according to EarthSky’s 2022 meteor shower guide:

• Draconids: October 8 and 9

• Orionids: October 20 and 21

• Southern Taurids: November 5

• Northern Taurids: November 12

• Leonids: 17 and 18 November

• Geminids: December 13 and 14

• Ursids: December 22 and 23

And there will be another total lunar eclipse and partial solar eclipse in 2022, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac. The October 25 partial solar eclipse will be visible to people in parts of Greenland, Iceland, most of Europe, northeast Africa, and western and central Asia.

The November 8 total lunar eclipse can be seen in Asia, Australia, the Pacific, South America, and North America between 3:02 a.m. and 8:56 a.m. ET. But for people in eastern North America, the moon will set around this time.

Wear appropriate eclipse glasses to view solar eclipses safely as sunlight can damage the eyes.

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