A typical harvest moon (Credit: NASA)
The Harvest Moon graced us with the brightest lunar display that we’ll ever see in 2011 early this morning at approximately 5:27 a.m. EST. Those of us in the Northern Hemisphere will get to see the full moon in all its glory because it is located in the southeastern sky, giving more light and traditionally more time for farmers to harvest crops— hence the name.
Though it reach its peak early this morning, Earthsky reports you’ll be able to see the moon until September 13 and even longer if you live in Canada or Alaska. The moon usually rises about 50 minutes later each day at this time of year, but thanks to the Harvest Moon that’s cut down to about 30 due to the narrower angle of the Earth’s path. To be prepared, Earthsky suggests you use this Sunrise Sunset calculator.
In case you are still bummed that you missed out on the moon’s brightest night, you can always rewatch the action as captured by fellow YouTube users.