Love for Words — ‘Harvest Moon’

October 5, 2013

____ The word today is a phrase, per the timing. The Harvest Moon comes once per year in the autumn.

The Harvest Moon is the first full moon nearest the autumnal equinox. ‘Tis ”featured” three days because of this particular time of year and the earth’s position with the moon. Normally, the moonrise is about 50 minutes apart from the night before. However, during Harvest Moon, the moonrises are about 27 minutes apart.

Now, this time of year has been for centuries, the harvest season for North America and Europe. Back before electric light and tractors with lights, the harvest moon was especially significant. Farmers knew they had three nights with extra time to work by, provided by skylight after the sunset.

For us in modern day, we may pause to enjoy the moonrise in a particular autumn beauty. Because of the moon’s position with earth this time of year, we view the moonrise close to the horizon – through the earth’s atmosphere, that is thicker than the atmosphere overhead. It is because of this point of view that we see the moon in a yellow, orange or reddish hue.

The Harvest Moon 2013 was on September 22, when I was at Circle S Ranch, and had a lovely view of it. Did you see the Harvest Moon this year?

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This Jacquée T. Writer in Residence Word of the Day is brought to you by Circle S Ranch and Country Inn, outside Lawrence Kansas.

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