Favorite photos of 2020’s Harvest Moon

Every year at this time, people in the Northern Hemisphere witness the legendary Harvest Moon. This year, the Harvest Moon was near fiery Mars! Photos here from the EarthSky Community.

Nearly full moon and long brilliantly glowing vertical plume of rocket exhaust.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Blast off! Phil McGrew was at Wallops Island, Virginia, when he caught the blazing exhaust of the Cygnus NG-14 resupply mission, seconds after launch, headed to the International Space Station. Phil wrote: “This is a single exposure a few seconds after liftoff. I spent hours trying to figure out the launch trajectory and a public location where I could see the rocket and the moon near each other. Going to this location meant I had to pass up on the initial liftoff (there will be others) and hope for the best. The body of the rocket isn’t visible because, well, it was dark outside.” Thank you, Phil!

Moon, with small dot labeled Mars near it.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Chuck Reinhart in Vincennes, Indiana, caught the moon and planet Mars together at late evening October 2, 2020. On that night, Mars was less than 2 weeks away from its once-in-2-years opposition. Since Mars is nearly opposite Earth from the sun now, it makes sense that the red planet would be near this month’s full moon. Chuck wrote: “I merged 2 photos taken seconds apart and from the same location to show the moon close to Mars.” Thank you, Chuck!

Nearly full yellow moon with red dot close to its lower left.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | From South America, Mars appeared even closer to the moon on the night of October 2, 2020. Helio C. Vital in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, captured this beautiful image of the moon and Mars. In this photo, Mars is about in the 8 o’clock position. Helio wrote: “By very little, the close encounter failed to become a grazing occultation. Only 4 arcminutes separated Mars from the lunar limb.”

Part of the moon, with a red dot at the top of the picture.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Brian Ottum caught the moon and Mars on October 2, 2020. In this photo, Mars is the tiny dot in the upper right. He wrote: “I took this from my remote control telescope located in the New Mexico desert. Cloudy here in Michigan, so am happy to see it ‘virtually.'”

Bright, nearly full moon with red dot some distance away.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Eliot Herman caught the moon just after full with Mars nearby, on October 2, 2020, from Tucson, Arizona. In this photo, Mars is in the upper left. He wrote: “The moon and Mars were really beautiful.”

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Niko Powe in Kiwonee, Illinois, captured Mars next to the Harvest Moon on October 2, 2020. Niko said: “There was a layer of clouds but these two’s appearance would not be denied.”

Harvest Moon behind a weather vane.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Christine Kemp in the U.K. captured the full Harvest Moon showing off the weathervane of St. Werburgh’s Church in Spondon, Derby, on October 1. Because we had a full moon so early in October, there’s time to squeeze in a 2nd one. And – according to modern skylore – that 2nd full moon of October will carry the name Blue Moon. It’ll happen on October 31.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Garry Hayes in Waterford, California, took this photo on October 1, 2020. He wrote: “California’s wildfires gave the moon an orange hue, but why not, since the next one will be blue!”

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Alexander Krivenyshev captured this image on October 1, 2020. He said: “Full Harvest Moon rests on the top of a building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York City.”

Big yellow moon.

View larger at EarthSky Community Photos. | Jim Goff caught the Harvest Moon on October 1, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. He wrote: “Harvest moon viewed from Redwood City, California.”

Yellow moon floating in pink sunset sky over blue hills.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Carlos Rios Martinez caught the Harvest Moon from La Bufa Hill in Zacatecas, Mexico, on September 30, 2020. Thank you, Carlos!

Glowing white moon in circle of partly-lit couds, with reddish dot to lower left.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Kedar Prabhu captured the full moon and Mars among the clouds from Kumta, Karnataka state, India. Kedar wrote: “On full moon day, I was lucky enough to spot moon and Mars. I was amused as moon was being surrounded by clouds as if they wanted to not obstruct it.”

Nearly full moon rising over the Gulf of Mexico, in the midst of Earth's shadow.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Cissy Beasley captured the moon from Rockport, Texas, on September 30. She wrote: “As a longtime fan of the original StarDate radio show when I was a student at UT Austin, I have since been intrigued with nature photography. As a professional nature photographer, I eagerly embrace opportunities to capture scenes of sunrises and sunsets, and the moon. Last night, I found a nice spot for documenting the rising moon amid the Belt of Venus. Here is what I saw!” Gorgeous, Cissy. Thank you!

A very red, almost full moon shining over San Francisco.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Anumeha Shukla in San Francisco caught the nearly full Harvest Moon on September 30, 2020. She wrote: “Sadly with all the wildfires going on in California, a smoky moonrise today!” Thank you, Anumeha.

A golden full-looking moon, shining next to a lighthouse.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | James Trezza on Captree Island, New York, caught this image on September 30, 2020, and wrote: “There was a slight haze at the horizon but the moon was able to sneak out a few times while it was still low enough.” Thank you, James.

A silhouette of a boy in front of a cityscape, holding the moon in his hand.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Raul Cortes in Monterrey, Mexico, caught the moon on September 30, 2020. He wrote: “A kid ‘catching the moon’ in his hand a day before the full Harvest Moon.” Thank you, Raul!

Bottom line: Photos of 2020’s Harvest Moon. See more photos at EarthSky Community Photos. Thanks to all who contributed!

Deborah Byrd