See the harvest moon shine in the night sky, 2 days before the autumnal equinox

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The full moon, known as the harvest moon, because it traditionally gives farmers more time to harvest their summer-grown crops at night, will be visible shortly after sunset on Monday night.

This year, two days before the autumnal equinox, the full moon can be seen for the first time 17 minutes after sunset at 7:55 p.m. ET. according to nasa.
During the few days around the appearance of the harvest moon, moonrise will occur within only 25 to 30 minutes across the northern United States and only 10 to 20 minutes further across northern Canada and Europe. according to nasa.
Typically, the Moon rises around sunset and about 50 minutes later each day, according to earthsky. But when a full moon occurs near the autumnal equinox, such as the harvest moon, the moon approaches sunset time, producing early evening moonlight for several consecutive nights.
For those in the Northern Hemisphere, this year’s harvest moon will be the last of the summer season, while in the Southern Hemisphere it will be the fourth winter full moon, according to earthsky.
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The harvest moon may seem larger and brighter than other full moons, and that’s because this moon is physically closer to the horizon. The location of this moon gives the illusion of vastness even though it is not bigger than other full moons.

Another oddity for the harvest moon is its color – it can look particularly orange. This is also due to the fact that the harvest moon is closer to the horizon, which creates a greater thickness of Earth’s atmosphere, creating an orange hue, according to earthsky.

This has been a year of unusual celestial activity, with a rare third full moon, known as the Blue Moon, visible in late August. Typically, it is more common for a season to have three full moons, although this year there will be four that occur only in one season between the June solstice and the September equinox.

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Upcoming Sky Schedule

During the rest of 2021, you may be able to capture these space and sky events depending on your location.

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Purnima and their names according to the old Farmer’s Panchang:

• September 20: Harvesting of the Moon

• October 20: Predator Moon

• November 19: Beaver Moon

• December 18: Cold Moon

Meteor showers according to EarthSky’s 2021 meteor shower guide:

• October 8: Draconids

• October 21: Orionids

• November 4-5: South Taurids

• November 11-12: Northern Taurid

• November 17: Leonids

• December 13-14: Geminids

• December 22: Ursids

Solar and Lunar Eclipses as per Old Farmer’s Almanac:

• November 19: Partial eclipse of the Moon, which people in North America and Hawaii will see between 1 a.m. Eastern Time and 7:06 a.m. Eastern Time.

• December 4: A total eclipse is visible for those in the Falkland Islands, the southern tip of Africa, Antarctica and southeastern Australia.

when the planets will be visible

According to the Farmer’s Almanac Planetary Guide, skywatchers will have several opportunities to view the planets during certain mornings and evenings for the rest of 2021.

Most of these – except Neptune – are possible to see with the naked eye, but binoculars or binoculars will provide the best view.

A Beginner's Guide to Stargazing (CNN Underscore)

Mercury will be visible as a bright star in the morning sky from October 18 to November 1. It will shine in the night sky from September 21 and from November 29 to December 31.

Venus, our nearest neighbor in the Solar System, will be visible in the western sky in the evening until December 31. It is the second brightest object in our sky after the Moon.

Mars is showing its red color in the morning sky between November 24 and December 31.

Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, is the third brightest object in our sky. From now until December 31, watch out for it in the evening.

Saturn’s rings are visible only through a telescope, but the planet can still be seen with the naked eye until December 31 in the evening.

Binoculars or binoculars will help you see the lush green glow of Uranus from November 4 to December 31 in the morning and evening from November 3 to December 31. It will now remain at its brightest until December 31.

And our most distant neighbor in the Solar System, Neptune, will now be visible through a telescope in the evening until December 31. It will remain at its brightest until November 8.

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