Shine on the harvest moon

Here we are going from summer to autumn. For 2018, on September 22 marks the autumn equinox, the date when the length of the day is equal to the duration of the night (well, almost but not enough). Given the 365 days and the days of change that takes Earth to orbit the sun, the autumn equinox can shake, year after year, from the 21st to the 24th of September. It turns out that this year the autumnal ecuíno closely follows the harvest of the moon, which will be on September 24th. The harvest of the moon is only the full moon closer to the autumnal equinox. Normally, the harvest of the moon is the full moon of September. In some years, the equinox and the harvest of the moon may coincide. In other years, the full moon can arrive before the equinox or, like this year, follow the equinox. Occasionally, the harvest moon may be the full moon of October. The whims of when the equinox or the harvest moon simply occur that our calendar is not perfectly synchronized with the orbits of the earth and the moon. There is not much difference between the first day of autumn and the last day of summer, so these events do not really mark a sharp change but are part of the slow and gradual changes of nature, backflow and flow as we turn around the sun. Our activities do not always fit perfectly with the stations or when we think, these activities should be taking place. In general, we consider soccer as a fall sport, but the sneak peek was in action for a month and will continue almost until Valentine's Day. Meanwhile, summer guys will be playing until Halloween.

Farmers also harvest crops throughout the year and not just in autumn. However, the harvest of the moon was used as a marker for the moment of harvesting its crops. In practice, its bright light gave peasants extra time to work during their busiest time of year. The moons always arrive after a short period of time, but during most of the year the moon increases about 50 minutes later or more every day. The harvest of the moon is a bit different and special. For several nights after harvesting the moon, the moon only turns about 20 to 30 minutes every night. This gives farmers and the rest of us an abundance of bright moonlight from sunset during the night as the moon does not settle until near the next dawn. Of course, with powerful headlights on tractors, farmers do not need to rely on the harvest of the moon to complete their harvest. Even so, the harvest moon shines some light on other opportunities for nighttime activities. Although the "autumn" migration of birds ranges from June to December, September is its peak moment, with many migrants flying at night. The nights around the harvest of the moon offer an excellent time to see the silhouettes of migrants that extend the face of the Moon. During their nocturnal migration, the birds will fly several thousand meters in the air. Take a break from the crop, and point your binoculars or telescope in the direction of the moon. Then enjoy the show and shine on the crop. Stuart Reitz is an agent of the Malheur County Extension Office. The opinions and opinions expressed in this column do not necessarily represent those of Argus Observer.


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