Thursday’s Fall Harvest Supermoon

September 29, 2023

Did you see that Harvest Moon?

Last night the Earth experienced the Harvest Moon – the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox. It was also the fourth consecutive (and final) supermoon in 2023.

A supermoon occurs when the moon’s elliptical path brings it closest to Earth – that’s every 27.3 days. A full moon occurs when the moon’s orbit (approximately every 29.5 days) is the opposite side of the Earth from the sun. When those two things align (or its kind of close enough), it is considered a full supermoon.

There have been four full supermoons this year July 3, August 1, August 30, and last night (September 28). We’ll experience four more next year from August to November.

Supermoons tend to appear bigger and brighter than other full moons and reader Phyllis Laorenza captured the size and brightness of last night’s moon over BHS marching band practice, and sent it in to share!

Harvest Supermoon over the BHS Marching Band on September 28, 2023. Photo by Phyllis Laorenza.
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