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Best photos of past Harvest Moons

Gallery of favorite photos of the Harvest Moon from friends on Facebook and Google+. Thank you all for posting. Shine on, Harvest Moon!

Everyone loves the Harvest Moon. For us in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s the name for this month’s full moon, which is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox. Many thanks for the wonderful Harvest Moon photos being posted at EarthSky’s Facebook page. Here are a few of our favorite Harvest Moon photos. To see more, try clicking on Recent Posts by Others at EarthSky Facebook. Thanks to all who are posting!

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Tonight's sunset and moonrise - September 19, 2013 - as seen by EarthSky Facebook friend Andy Somers in Noumea, New Caledonia.  One of the characteristics of the Harvest Moon is that it rises around the time of sunset for several evenings in a row.  Thank you, Andy.

Harvest Moon sunset and moonrise – September 19, 2013 – as seen by EarthSky Facebook friend Andy Somers in Noumea, New Caledonia. One of the characteristics of the Harvest Moon is that it rises around the time of sunset for several evenings in a row. Thank you, Andy.

Harvest Moon on September 19, 2013 over Kuwait, via EarthSky Facebookfriend Abdulmajeed Alshatti.  Thank you!

Harvest Moon on September 19, 2013 over Kuwait, via EarthSky Facebookfriend Abdulmajeed Alshatti. Thank you!

The September 18, 2013 moon rose before the sun set.  See it on the left side of this photo by DTB Photography?

The September 18, 2013 moon rose before the sun set. See it on the left side of this photo by DTB Photography? Dan wrote: “My Birthday Moon! Harvest Moon rising up over the Atlantic, from the Ocean Grove Fishing Pier, Ocean Grove, NJ.”

Harvest Moon on September 18, 2013 from EarthSky Facebook friend Dan Gauss in Deming, New Mexico.  Thank you, Dan.

Harvest Moon on September 18, 2013 from EarthSky Facebook friend Dan Gauss in Deming, New Mexico. Thank you, Dan.

Amy Simpson-Wynne in Virginia posted this beautiful twilight photo of the September 18, 2013 Harvest Moon.  Thank you, Amy!  Watch for the Harvest Moon on September 19, too.  A Harvest Moon is characterized by rising near the time of sunset for several evenings in a row.

Amy Simpson-Wynne in Virginia posted this beautiful twilight photo of the September 18, 2013 Harvest Moon. Thank you, Amy!

Harvest Moon and plane on September 18, 2013 by Gabriella Milani of the Moon Appreciation Society.

Harvest Moon and plane on September 18, 2013 by Gabriella Milani of the Moon Appreciation Society.

Gary Pescod wrote on September 18, 2013: 'My take on tonight's full moon over the Seaham Coast [in the UK].  Viewed from the Burdon Lane/A19 flyover.'  Thanks, Gary.  See more of Gary's photos here.

Gary Pescod also captured the moon on September 18, 2013, over the Seaham Coast in the UK. “Viewed from the Burdon Lane/A19 flyover.” Thanks, Gary. See more of Gary’s photos here.

Peter Deane in Tucson captured this image of the September 18, 2013 moon.  Thanks, Peter!

Peter Deane in Tucson captured this image of the September 18, 2013 moon. Thanks, Peter!

Rob Graham in Great Bend, Kansas wrote:

Rob Graham in Great Bend, Kansas wrote: “Harvest Moon tonight over the inlet canal at Cheyenne Bottoms, a wetlands of international importance, in central Kansas.” Thank you, Rob.

Jeff Norman posted this photo of the September 18 Harvest Moon over the U.S. Capitol.  Thanks, Jeff!

Jeff Norman posted this photo of the September 18, 2013 Harvest Moon over the U.S. Capitol. Thanks, Jeff!

Beautiful shot of the September 18, 2013 Harvest Moon from Cecily Andreu in Rochester, NY.  She wrote:

Beautiful shot of the September 18, 2013 Harvest Moon from Cecily Andreu in Rochester, NY. She wrote: “The Harvest Moon is lighting up the sky tonight!” Thank you, Cecily!

Randall Kayfes captured this photo on September 18, 2013.  He wrote:

Randall Kayfes captured this photo on September 18, 2013. He wrote: “Harvest Moon with Century Saguaro (over 100 years old) back dropped by the Santa Catalina Mountains of Southern Arizona.” Thank you, Randall.

Last year’s Harvest Moon – September 29, 2012 – as seen by EarthSky Facebook friend Annie Lewis in Madrid, Spain.

Harvest Moon 2012 as seen by our friend Domenico D’Erchia in Italy.

Harvest Moon on September 29, 2012, as seen by our friend Suzanne Dos Passos in Oregon.

Harvest Moon seen in India by our friend Raj Hardia. Raj writes: This day called Anant Chaturdashi is the last day of the Hindu festival, Ganeshotsav which started at the fourth day of the waxing moon period. All the Ganesh idols brought into homes and communities are immersed in the sea or nearby lakes and rivers. People travel to the waterfront with the idols dancing and singing in large processions. Lord Ganesha is departed, only to be welcomed the next year with equal excitement. The Ganesha idols immersed in a river or the sea symbolizes a ritual see-off of the Lord in his journey towards his abode in Kailash while taking away with him the misfortunes of his devotees.

Moon rising over Halfa Rock on the island of Gozo, south of Italy, on September 30, 2012 as seen by EarthSky Facebook friend John Michael Mizzi.

Dusty Harvest Moon sunset from our friend Nate Clow in Shellsburg, Iowa.

Harvest Moon rising on September 29, 2012 as birds flock in front of it, as seen by our friend Colin Chatfield in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Harvest Moon rising above the Little Florida Mountains in Deming, New Mexico as seen by our friend Dan Gauss. Dan takes a photo of the full moon rising each month from this same spot.

Harvest Moon on September 30, 2012, ascending in the eastern sky near the town of Yass in New South Wales, Australia. This photo is from Caitlin Nelson. See the dark blue near the horizon? That’s Earth’s shadow!

EarthSky Facebook friend Zhean Peter Nacionales in the Philippines camped last night with other scout friends in the light of the Harvest Moon. He writes: Me with with my scout friends salute for the Harvest Moon. Thanks, Zhean!

Harvest Moon September 29, 2012 via EarthSky Facebook friend Erin Shaw

Harvest Moon rising in Colorado from our friend Daniel McVey.

Bottom line: Favorite and best friends’ photos of Harvest Moon, both from 2013 and years past. Wishing you all clear skies.

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