"Weekend of the Harvest Moon and the Autumnal Equinox"

Scheduled air date: 2002 Sep 16-22

Because the Full Moon rises at a shallower angle to the horizon in the Fall than in Summer, it also rises during evening twilight over more successive nights at this later time of year. Since the near-Full Moon is shining as twilight gives way to night over several nights, it is easier for farmers to see their crops during the Fall harvest, thus this Full Moon has become known as the Harvest Moon.
(Shown for the Northern Hemisphere.)

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