|Photo Credit: Heather Ingram|
I never knew which was which, though, so I thought I'd find out and share that with you.
The Harvest Moon is the full moon nearest the Autumnal Equinox. Although it usually occurs in September, about every four years or so it falls in October, and the latest the Harvest Moon can occur is October 7. Most full moons rise around 50 minutes later each night, but the Harvest Moon is only 20-30 minutes later. This would allow the farmers more light to gather their harvest, hence the name, Harvest Moon. When the Harvest Moon falls on the Autumnal Equinox, it is called a Super Harvest Moon. This occurred this year, and was the first one since 1991.
The Hunter's Moon is the first full moon after the Harvest Moon. This full moon is named such because it's light allows hunters to track their prey. In the days of old, this was necessary to put aside food for winter when the snows came, and the birds and animals were less plentiful.
November's moon is often called the Beaver Moon because this was the time to set beaver traps, ensuring a good supply of furs for winter. Again, this dates back to the days of trappers and mountain men.
December's moon is known by several names, the Cold Moon or the Long Night Moon. It is aptly named as Cold Moon for the winter's cold temperatures, and Long Night Moon for long stretch of darkness over the winter night. This moon is also visible for a long period of time each night. It's high trajectory is due to the fact it is opposite a low sun.
Full moons are always lovely to behold, and now we know a bit more about that big glowing orb that casts it's light upon our darkened earth. Talon, a fellow blogger, captured the beauty of the full moon this past weekend.