Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Saguaro Moon

Credit & Copyright
Stefan Seip

From Astronomy Picture of The Day
Tonight's Full Moon, the one nearest the autumnal equinox in the northern hemisphere, is popularly called the Harvest Moon. According to lore the name is a fitting one because farmers could work late into the night at the end of the growing season harvesting crops by moonlight. In the same traditions, the Full Moon following the Harvest Moon is the Hunter's Moon. But, recorded on a trip to the American southwest, this contribution to compelling images of moonrise is appropriately titled Saguaro Moon.

Even though Juneau is under cloud cover, as we are so much of the time, and I can't see the moon from my window, luckily this site exists and I can see it, along with the saguaro cactus, which I also love. Clear nights on the desert are wonderful.

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J at said...

The full moon is also named Purnima...a name I like very much. At dinner last night, Maya glanced out the window and said, "Look, Purnima's here!" And she was. :)

J at said...

Oh...but Purnima is any full moon, not just the Autumnal one...

Joy Des Jardins said...

Is that moon for real? My looks like a painting....just gorgeous.