Harvest Moon 2011: September 12th Full Harvest Moon 5:27 am
The harvest moon is the full moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox. The harvest moon is often mistaken for the modern day hunter’s moon.
The Moon illusion is an optical illusion in which the Moon appears larger near the horizon than it does while higher up in the sky. This optical illusion also occurs with the sunand star constellations. It has been known since ancient times, and recorded by numerous different cultures. The explanation of this illusion is still debated
When the night of the harvest moon coincides with the night of the equinox, it is called a “Super Harvest Moon.” In 2010 in the contiguous United States, the harvest moon happened in the early morning hours of Sept 23, only 5 1/2 hours after the autumnal equinox, creating the first Super Harvest Moon since 1991.
(calender from farmers’ almanac, info from wiki)