Musical pairing – Shine On Harvest Moon by Leon Redbone
Do you know where the term ‘Harvest Moon’ comes from? Well, the full moon that is closest to the Autumnal Equinox used to help farmers bring in the harvest. The moon rises sooner after sunset at this time of year, so the farmers could be productive even at night; this full moon became known as the Harvest Moon.
This year, on September 23rd, we were treated to a “Super Harvest moon” – a term used when the night of the full harvest moon is the same night as the equinox. It was the first Super Harvest Moon since 1991.
And if you think that a full moon low on the horizon is larger than when it is high in the sky, well this is apparently an optical illusion called “moon illusion”. The size of the moon is the same, but our brains perceive it as larger when it is low in the sky. These photos were taken by The Professor right off our back deck – aren’t they amazing?!
Here’s one more piece of Harvest Moon trivia: In 1908, Jack Norworth (who also wrote “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”) debuted the song “Shine on Harvest Moon” – one hundred years later, Leon Redbone performed it. Enjoy!