As we bid farewell to August, a month that treated us to the celestial spectacle of two full moons, including a rare Blue Moon, skywatchers have another treat in store for September. Brace yourselves for the grand finale of supermoons in 2023, an event that promises to captivate stargazers and nature enthusiasts alike.
When will the September supermoon grace our skies?
The last supermoon of the year, affectionately known as the Harvest Moon, will illuminate the night sky on Thursday, September 28. Mark your calendars and set your alarms because this celestial wonder is expected to reach its peak at 05:58 AM Eastern Time on Friday, September 29.
The Harvest Moon: A Name Rooted in Tradition
Why do we call it the Harvest Moon, you ask? Well, the Harvest Moon is the term reserved for the full moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox. In 2023, the fall equinox will fall on either September 22 or September 23, depending on your location. This name pays homage to the role this full moon plays in providing farmers with extra evening light, allowing them to complete their harvests before the onset of autumn’s frosty weather.
How to Witness the Harvest Moon
To witness this celestial spectacle, all you need to do is look up at the night sky, provided the weather cooperates. Nature has no ticket prices! However, keep in mind that clear skies are essential for optimal viewing. If you want a closer look or a more detailed observation, consider using binoculars or a telescope.
What Lies Beyond: Full Moons for the Rest of 2023
While the Harvest Moon marks the last supermoon of 2023, the year still has more full moons in store for avid skywatchers:
- October 28: Hunter’s Moon
- November 27: Frost Moon or Beaver Moon
- December 27: Cold Moon
Don’t miss out on these opportunities to connect with the night sky and the wonders it has to offer.