Everyone loves the Harvest Moon. The 2012 Harvest Moon happened on September 29. The Harvest Moon is the name for 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 just a few of our favorites. To see more, click on Recent Posts by Others at EarthSky Facebook.
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Harvest Moon – September 29, 2012 – as seen by EarthSky Facebook friend Annie Lewis in Madrid, Spain.
Harvest Moon on September 29 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.
Harvest Moon on September 29, 2012 via EarthSky Facebook friend Cattleya Flores Viray in San Diego.
Dusty Harvest Moon sunset from our friend Nate Clow in Shellsburg, Iowa.
Harvest Moon on September 29, 2012 as seen by our friend Jenn Moon in Lakewood, Colorado.
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 rising in Colorado from our friend Daniel McVey.
Bottom line: Favorite and best friends’ photos of the September 29 and 30, 2012 Harvest Moon. The moon will still be shining brightly on the nights of September 30 and October 1. Wishing you all clear skies.
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