The Weather Network – Here are five interesting facts about Thursday’s Harvest Moon


Monday, September 28, 2020 4:25 p.m. – We haven’t had a Harvest Moon like this in 46 years!

The 2020 Harvest Moon is almost here, and this year is a special year.

Look up at the sky Thursday night, for one of the smallest Full Moons of 2020. Based on the timing, and a quirk of how we perceive the world around us, extraordinary things are happening with this Full. Moon in particular.


A crop moon is the full moon that occurs closest to the fall equinox.

Depending on the year, this can happen between two weeks before or two weeks after the equinox.

In 2020, the Full Moons fall on September 2 (20 days before the equinox) and October 1 (only 9 days after). Thus, the Full Moon of October 1 takes the title of Harvest Moon this year.


Usually, that particular Full Moon of the year is known by more than one name. Depending on whether it takes place in September or October, the Harvest Moon usually splits its time with the Corn Moon or the Hunter’s Moon.

However, 2020 is different.

Credit: NASA Science Visualization Studio / Scott Sutherland

Since we have 13 Full Moons this year, along with the upcoming Halloween Blue Moon, this is the first time since 1974 that the Harvest Moon has achieved a Full Moon on its own.


Thursday’s Harvest Moon will be a “micromoon”. Unlike a super moon, this is a Full Moon that occurs when it is within 90% of its furthest distance from Earth during the month, or at least 405 000 km.

This is the first of three micromoons this season. However, this is not the furthest full moon of 2020. It does occur on October 31st.

2020-Mini-Full-Moons-Super-New-MoonsCredit: NASA Science Visualization Studio / Scott Sutherland


On average, the Moon rises about 50 minutes later each day. However, this moment varies depending on the distance from the Moon to the Earth and the distance from the equator to the observer.

For example, for someone in Quito, Ecuador, the Moon rises about 40 minutes later when it is furthest from Earth and 60 minutes later when it is closest. Someone in Winnipeg, Manitoba on those same nights will see the Moon rise only 15 minutes later when it is furthest from Earth, and up to 85 minutes later when it is furthest. close.

This Thursday’s Harvest Moon micromoon will be “impatient” for those of us in Canada. He won’t get up for about 20 minutes later than he did on Wednesday (or even earlier for those further north)!


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