There’s no doubt that this year has been an incredible one for all stargazers. After a double-super moon display last month, one having been a rare Blue Moon — the brightest full moon of the year — we’ve got another date on the lunar calendar to look forward to.
A ‘Harvest Moon’ is rolling into our skies tonight and it’s actually the last supermoon of the year! As a reminder, a supermoon occurs when a full moon nearly coincides with perigee — the point in the moon’s orbit when it’s closest to Earth. So when a full moon closest to the September equinox occurs, it’s named a Harvest Moon.
According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, this year’s Harvest Moon will appear just after sunset on Thursday, September 28. It will reach peak illumination at 5:58 a.m. on Friday, the 29th. Just remember to look up to the skies any time after dark for a glimpse!
According to NASA, the name Harvest Moon is an old European name that came about as far back as 1706, when Maine Farmers Almanac published older American names for full moons.
Most years the Harvest Moon falls in September, like this one, but in years past it has even occurred in October. So lovers of space and stars, don’t hesitate to pull out a chair and take in the sights with your binoculars!
Several places in Miami will also bring together yogis to take in the stunning moon! The Fontainebleau Miami Beach will host a Bleau Moon yoga experience with Jungle Johanna on Thursday, Sep. 28, while the Deering Estate will be home to a Full Moon Yoga session with Zamanta on Sep. 29 to welcome the full moon.
The Strand at Carillon Miami is also hosting a very special full moon party on Friday, which is also National Coffee Day, for an evening of specialty cocktails and lunar magic.
However you choose to soak in the moonlit vibes, it’ll be a sight to see!