When to see the 2021 harvest full moon in Minnesota

MINNESOTA – If you need a glowing sign that summer is coming to an end in Minnesota, just look up at the sky next week as the 2021 full harvest moon rises over our city.

This year’s harvest moon will be on Monday. The moon will appear full for about three days at this time, from Sunday morning to Tuesday morning.

This year’s crop moon falls just two days before Wednesday’s fall equinox. The moon will reach its maximum illumination in the sky at 6:54 p.m. CDT.

Depending on the year, the full harvest moon usually occurs up to two weeks before or after the autumn equinox, according to EarthSky.org. It is either the last summer full moon or the first autumn full moon.

The harvest moon usually takes place in September, taking the place of the full corn moon. However, if this happens in October, it replaces the hunter’s full moon.

The harvest moon rises at sunset and will continue for several nights in a row due to the time between sunset and moonrise being at an annual minimum. This will make it look like there is a full moon several nights in a row.

The origin of the harvest moon can be traced back to Native Americans, who viewed this full moon each fall as a sign that it was time to harvest their crops, according to the Farmers’ Almanac. For a few days before and after reaching its fullest point, the moon hangs in the sky like a glowing lantern, extending the light long after sunset.

Some trace the moon’s nickname back to farmers, according to EarthSky.org. In the days before the tractors were lit, the Harvest Moon helped farmers gather their crops as daylight hours dwindled, lighting up fields through the night.

Is the crop moon bigger or brighter than other moons? It depends.

The distance from the harvest moon to Earth is different every year. Last year, the Harvest Moon was the second smallest full moon of 2020, according to EarthSky.org. In 2019, the Harvest Moon was actually a mini-moon, or the farthest and smallest full moon of the year 2019. In 2015, however, the Harvest Moon was the closest and the closest super moon. biggest of the year.

The Harvest Moon is known to take on an orange hue as it rises. This happens because when you look towards the horizon rather than up and above, you are looking through a greater thickness of the Earth’s atmosphere.

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