Skywatch: Harvest Moon 2012

The moon will be full tonight at 11:19 p.m EDT. Technically there’s nothing different about this full moon, it just happens to be the closest full moon to the autumnal equinox. However in times gone past, farmers would use the extra light at dusk and into the night to help bring in crops before the early fall frosts.

Maybe since this is my favorite time of year it just seems to be a little more exciting to see than other full moons. Perhaps since it has its own song and an untold number of “harvest moon ball” dances, it’s much more nostalgic and sentimental? The recording below from the Hal Kemp Orchestra from 1929 is a classic version of the song and embodies the sound of the 1930s with a low clarinet:

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Shine on, harvest moon!

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