Thursday, September 23, 2010

Tonight at Noon, Equinox,
Harvest Moon

Did you see it last night? The end of summer, the first of autumn, and the full moon all at once! How amazing is it for the full moon to rise in the sky directly opposite of the setting sun on the day of equinox? Well, it only happens every twenty years or so: the last "Super Harvest Moon" occurred in September 1991 and the next will be in September 2029.

However, if you missed it last night, tonight will not be too late!

Official time of Autumnal Equinox, 2010:
22 September, 11:09 pm
Eastern Daylight Time

Official time of Harvest Moon, 2010:
23 September, 5:17 am
Eastern Daylight Time

This fall, the Harvest Moon is accompanied through the night by Jupiter, sparkling vividly just to its right. Earlier in the evening, across the sky, in her usual position, you can find Venus, whom no one save Sun and Moon can ever outshine.

With the sky so near at hand, a little magic might not be unexpected!
Tonight at noon . . .
The first daffodils of autumn will appear
When the leaves fall upwards to the trees

~Adrian Henri~

Yellow Jonquils #3, by Georgia O'Keeffe

The Lawrence Tree, by Georgia O'Keeffe

Painted on a trip to the D. H. Lawrence Ranch
Taos, New Mexico, 1929
Currently owned by the Wadsworth Atheneum
Hartford, Connecticut

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