The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 22, 1988, Page 6, Image 6

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First weekend of autumn
welcomes harvest moon
From Staff Reports
The full moon hangs orange and
heavy on the eastern horizon as the
sun sets, and farmers labor to bring
their harvest in on time.
September is the month of the
Harvest Moon.
According to Kd Schmidt, pro
fessor of physics and astronomy
and director of the Behlen Observa
tory, the full moon at the fall equi
nox is called the Harvest Moon.
Because of the paths of the earth
and the moon, the lunar orb seems
to be hanging in the sky for several
nights in a row, he said. Typically,
the moon moves eastward and
tends to disappear rapidly.
The moon attracts attention be
cause it looks huge — an optical
illusion that Schmidt attributes to
the fact that the moon is so close to
the horizon.
Pamela Maurer, a student assis
tant at the Mueller Planetarium, said
that because the full moon rises as
the sun sets, farmers can work late
into the night with the light of the
harvest moon.
A special fact about the Harvest
Moon is that its markings look like
a jack-o-lantern’s face when the
moon is low and orange on the
horizon, Maurer said.
When there are two moons in
September, the one closest to the
eouinox is the Harvest Moon. The
otner is called a Blue Moon.
Schmidt said this only happens
every three or four years.
'rhisyear, the Harvest Moon is on
Sunday. The equinox is today.
According to the National
Weather Service in Lincoln at press
time, Sunday night, will be fair and
mild. The temperature will be in the
mid-70s, dropping to a low in the