On September 22, the sky will be host to an interesting phenomenon. Called the “harvest moon” — a full moon will rise and it will be the closest to the autumnal equinox or the beginning of the northern autumn.
According to The Washington Post, in Europe, Africa and Asia, the full moon will appear a little darker owing to a penumbral lunar eclipse that will begin around 1 pm Eastern time, that is 10:30 pm in India.
Reportedly, professional astrologer Richard Nolle explained supermoon as a new or full moon that occurs when the moon is within 90 percent of its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit.
A video by Science Mission Directorate in association with NASA explains the interesting history behind the supermoon. According to the video, folklore has given different names to different full moons. For each full moon that comes once every month, there are twelve interesting names. For instance, the wolf moon, the snow moon, the strawberry moon, the worm moon, the sprouting grass moon and many more interesting ones.
* Since many crops ripen during this time of the year, the farmers work really hard into the night with only the light of the moon to guide them. That’s how the September full moon got its name.
* Throughout the year, the moon rises on an average, about an hour late each day. But when the moon is closest to the autumnal equinox, as is in the case of the harvest moon, this gap lessens to thirty minutes.
* This phenomenon occurs twice a year — September 22 in the northern hemisphere and March 20 in the southern hemisphere.
Occasionally, when the universe and its ways bestow such wonders of nature on us humans, they make for some beautiful sights.