Following the awesome super moons this summer, tonight is not only a super moon, but also this year’s harvest moon. Hooray for awesome moon viewing! If it isn’t cloudy where you are, check out the moon early in the evening!
The full moon will be the one closest to this year’s autumnal equinox, which falls on Sept. 22, giving it the distinction of being the harvest moon. It is expected to reach its full phase at 9:38 p.m. ET.
While it’s not yet autumn, the harvest moon earned its place in lunar lore because moon rises several days before and after happen closer to sunset.
In the days before electricity, the harvest moon illuminated the fields, allowing farmers to tend to their crops under the night sky, according to EarthSky.