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Harvest Moon 2009

HARVEST MOON

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Old Farmer's Almanac

Because the Moon's orbit on successive nights is more nearly parallel to the horizon at that time, its relationship to the eastern horizon does not change appreciably, and the Earth does not have to turn as far to bring up the Moon. Thus, for several nights near the full Harvest Moon, the Moon may rise as little as 23 minutes later on successive nights (at about 42 degrees north latitude), and there is an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening, a traditional aid to harvest crews. By the time the Moon has reached last quarter, however, the typical 50-minute delay has returned.

Sunrise Sunset Calendar

Harvest Morning

A September morning on the farm

It is the Harvest Moon!  On gilded vanes

And roofs of villages, on woodland crests  

And their aerial neighborhoods of nests  

Deserted, on the curtained window-panes

Of rooms where children sleep, on country lanes

And harvest fields, its mystic splendor rests!

 Gone are the birds that were our summer guests,

 With the last sheaves return the laboring wains

All things are symbols: the external shows

 Of Nature have their image in the mind,

 As flowers and fruits and falling of the leaves;

The song-birds leave us at the summer's close,  

Only the empty nests are left behind,  

And pipings of the quail among the sheaves.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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