Skywatchers: Hello Harvest Moon

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The date varies year-to-year based on the Earth’s exact orbit around the sun. And this year, the equinox happens Thursday, Sept. 22, at 9:03 p.m. EDT.

This is the moment when the sun is pointed directly at the equator. The result is 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of the night everywhere around the globe.

Jupiter Opposition

The Harvest full moon will highlight Jupiter throughout the entire month. And on September 26th Jupiter will go into opposition.

Astronomers use the term opposition when a planet appears directly opposite of the sun from Earth’s view. This is also when Jupiter is closest to the Earth, hence its brighter appearance.

Enjoy the night sights and the Harvest Moon. And welcome to Autumn 2022!