PHOTOS: Harvest Moon Over Seattle
Did you catch the big, orange moon-rise last night? Last night wasn’t just the full moon, it was also the harvest moon!
According to Wikipedia, a harvest moon is the full moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox (September 23 this year). It rose at 7:10 PM last night, just a little before sunset.
The orange color is due to the fact that the moon’s light has to pass through more of our atmosphere when it’s low on the horizon. Add in additional haze from the wild fires in eastern Washington and you get an even more intense color.
For a while yesterday, it didn’t appear that we’d even get to see the moon but the clouds finally burned off. The moon was initially obscured on the horizon by low lying clouds and haze but it finally put in an appearance.
Photographer Michael Brunk was out yesterday evening and shot the following photos and time lapse video. You can click individual images to view them larger.