Singaporeans can look forward to a spectacular sight in the night sky on Sept. 29, as the Harvest Moon will grace the horizon with its bright and large appearance.
The Harvest Moon (not the video game nor the Neil Young song) is the Full Moon that occurs closest to the Autumn equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, which marks the start of the fall season. It is also the last of the four Supermoons this year, a phenomenon that happens when the moon is closer to Earth than usual.
The Harvest Moon got its name from the farmers who relied on its light to harvest their crops in the evening. The moon rises earlier than usual during this period, providing more hours of illumination. The moon also appears more orange or yellow in color, due to the scattering of light by the atmosphere when it is low in the sky.
According to the Science Centre Observatory, the Harvest Moon will begin rising at 7pm on Sept. 29 from the East, and should be at an appreciable height 9pm onwards. It will be easily visible anywhere in Singapore as long as the skies are clear and there are no obstructions. However, some places may offer a better view of the moon and its surroundings, such as Marina Barrage, East Coast Park and the Southern Ridges.
The Harvest Moon can be enjoyed with the naked eye, but viewers may also use binoculars or telescopes to get a closer look at its features. The moon’s appearance may vary depending on atmospheric conditions and viewing location, so it may not look exactly like what you see in pictures or online.
Don’t miss this rare and beautiful event that celebrates the changing of seasons and the bounty of nature. Happy viewing!