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Super Harvest Moon on Full Display Monday Night, Last of Season's Trio

By    |   Monday, 08 Sep 2014 01:15 PM

A super harvest moon will appear just before sunset Monday night, capping off a trio of so-called supermoons for the summer.

According to Space.com, Monday's moon is expected to be in full phase around 9:38 p.m. EST.

The northern hemisphere experiences a supermoon when a full moon orbits closer to earth — producing a large, often orange-colored moon that reflects significant light from the sun onto the Earth.

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More technically, the point when the moon is closest to the Earth every month — 221,765 miles away — is called "perigee." During perigee, the moon's gravitational field is closer to earth, and produces stronger ocean tides.

When the full moon falls within the perigee time, it is a supermoon. These days, casual stargazers often apply the supermoon label to any full moon that falls within 24 hours of the perigee moment.

"Three years ago, when the closest and largest full moon fell on March 19, 2011, many used the term supermoon, which we'd never heard before," reported EarthSky.org. "In the following years, we heard this term again to describe the year's closest full moon on May 6, 2012, and again on June 23, 2013. Now the term supermoon is being used a lot." 

ABC News reported that the full moon will come closest to this year's autumnal equinox on Sept. 22, making it the official harvest moon.

In lunar lore, the harvest moon lit up the fields in which farmers grew their crops, allowing them to harvest in the cool night air, and prepare for winter.

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