Show full articles without "Continue Reading" button for {0} hours. NASA also refers to this full moon as the GRAIL Moon, the LADEE moon and the OSIRIS-REx Moon to mark three missions that launched on the day of the full moon, in … The Harvest Moon of 2020 rises tonight! When the full moon shines tonight (Oct. 1), it will mark the Harvest Moon of 2020. New York, Try to find a location that has a clear eastern horizon to catch the Moon rising as the Sun is setting. The same goes for forest fires. You can see the Moon look orange whenever it’s close to the horizon, so at moonrise and moonset. While the average occurrence of an October Harvest Moon is once every three years, sometimes as much as eight years can pass between such cases. Join our Space Forums to keep talking space on the latest missions, night sky and more! Like us on Facebook to see similar stories, Tropical Storm Eta, Masters tees off, Diwali: 5 things to know Thursday, Johnson’s Senior Aide Quits Amid Tensions in U.K. Government. He writes about astronomy for Natural History magazine, the Farmers' Almanac and other publications. He writes about astronomy for Natural History magazine, the Farmers' Almanac and other publications. “Because the Earth’s atmosphere is densest near its surface, objects seen close to the horizon have their blue light scattered—resulting in a reddish tone.”. In fact, the Moon will this week briefly look a glorious and delicate orange before it gradually changes to a pale yellow—but only if you know exactly when to look at it. Some skywatchers may think that the Harvest Moon remains in the night sky longer than any of the other full moons we see during the year, but that's not the case. Roman Forum on July 27, 2018 in Rome, Italy. Editor's Note: If you snap a photo of night sky picture and would like to share it with Space.com's readers, send your photos, comments, and your name and location to spacephotos@space.com. What color is the Moon? According to Guy Ottewell, the long-time editor of the Astronomical Calendar (now no longer published annually), this moon was the Dying Grass Moon to the Sioux. A plane flies past the full moon on August 3, 2020 in Chongqing, China. Please deactivate your ad blocker in order to see our subscription offer. Earth’s oxygen and nitrogen-rich atmosphere absorbs some wavelengths of light more than others. In fact, the next time we will see a Harvest Moon in October will be in 2028. Colors with longer wavelengths—such as orange—are not absorbed as easily. You will receive a verification email shortly. The physics is the same as why sunsets are orange—and why the sky is blue. Orange-yellow Mars will glow just above the almost full moon. A plane flies past the full moon on August 3, 2020 in Chongqing, China. Thursday, October 1 evening—Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation. © Things To Do | Aug 31, 2020. Related: Harvest Moon 2020: When and how to see October's full moon. Thank you for signing up to Space. Editor's Note: If you snap a photo of night sky picture and would like to share it with Space.com's readers, send your photos, comments, and your name and location to spacephotos@space.com. Thursday, September 17, 2020: New Moon. When is the next full moon? In actuality, over the next few nights, the rising of the moon as seen from mid-northern latitudes will come, on average, roughly 24 minutes later each night. EY & Citi On The Importance Of Resilience And Innovation, Impact 50: Investors Seeking Profit — And Pushing For Change, BEST: Just after sunset on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 (look due east), Just before sunrise on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 (look due west), BONUS: Just after sunset on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 (look due east). Related: The moon: 10 wild lunar facts to wow your friends. The Harvest Moon of 2020 will rise on Oct. 1, 2020. But why is it in October? Space is part of Future US Inc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. NY 10036. Tonight, the moon rises at about the same time as the sun sets. Similar to the way in which the sun will look orange or red on the horizon, when the moon is low in the sky, the light from it will have to pass through more of the blue-absorbing … Images. Tonight there’s a full Moon. The second full moon comes on Halloween (Oct. 31) and will be christened the "Blue Moon.". Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom and on Facebook. Occurring on the first October, also means that the Harvest moon will be the first of two full moons this month. Tonight, the moon rises at about the same time as the sun sets. Sign in. In fact, the next time we will see a Harvest Moon in October will be in 2028. What is always clear is that the Moon does change color—and it’s something you can see very clearly on Tuesday evening, Wednesday morning and Wednesday evening this week if you know exactly when and where to look. Occurring on the first October, also means that the Harvest moon will be the first of two full moons this month. That’s in a regular atmosphere; ash from recent volcanic eruptions can cause a brightly colored sky during sunrise and sunset, or a pale sun or glowing clouds, as the fine volcanic ash particles scatter or reflect the sunlight. The moon is seen over the church of San Giuseppe Falegname during the total lunar eclipse at the ... [+] Roman Forum on July 27, 2018 in Rome, Italy. “As the Moon gets higher in the sky, its coloration will fade to its normal greyish-white hue as you view it through less and less air,” said Teets. All Rights Reserved, This is a BETA experience. It is also said to be the "most romantic day in China," the Mid-Autumn Festival, when the man in the moon ties couples with invisible thread; people eat mooncakes (pastry filled with candied melon, egg-yolks, coconut and cashews), and at a festival in 1353 Zhang Shicheng gave the signal for uprising against the Yuan (Mongol) dynasty by sending messages in mooncakes, according to Ottewell. Not 20 minutes after it has first been sighted on the horizon, the full Moon will be high in the sky, a definite white, and too bright to look at. When Is The Next 'Blood Moon' Total Lunar Eclipse In North America? Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Light with short wavelengths—such as blue—hit more particles and are more easily absorbed and scattered. There are other versions of this rule that classify the Harvest Moon as the full moon that comes either at or just after the equinox, which, more-often-than-not, would also put it in October.