The September full moon lit up the night sky this weekend with a dazzling lunar spectacle enjoyed by skywatchers around the world.
The September full moon peaked on Saturday (September 10), but to casual observers it appeared to be fully lit the day before and after the moon show. It also marked the 2022 Harvest Moon, as this full moon was closest to the September equinox on September 22, which will mark the changing seasons on Earth.
“Many cultures have festivals associated with the Harvest Moon,” NASA officials tweeted. (will open in a new tab). “For example, those who celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival share mooncakes.”
Getty photographers from all over the world captured stunning images of the 2022 Harvest Moon, including shots from New York, Spain and Tokyo, Japan.
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Nicholas Isabella, a photographer from New York, woke up very early on Saturday to capture a stunning view of the Harvest Moon.
“Harvest moon sets over the Statue of Liberty this morning,” Isabella tweeted. (will open in a new tab) early Saturday morning, sharing a stunning photo. “It was worth waking up early for this.”
This morning the Harvest Moon sets over the Statue of Liberty. It was worth waking up early for this. pic.twitter.com/fI55XbIF5KSeptember 10, 2022
Seasoned astrophotographer Andrew McCarthy of Florence, Arizona expressed a similar sentiment, even as he struggled with rainy weather to observe the moon.
“A brief moment when the Harvest Moon appeared before it was obscured by clouds for the rest of the night,” McCarthy wrote on Instagram. (will open in a new tab)where it writes as cosmic_background (will open in a new tab), on Saturday. “This full moon means a lot to me personally, so I’m glad I was able to capture it despite the torrential rains last night.”
In Seattle, photographer Sigma Sridharan captured stunning views of the Harvest Moon rising behind Washington’s famous Space Needle.
“Here is a slow motion video of the Full Harvest Moon rising near the Space Needle in Seattle last night,” Sridharan tweeted. (will open in a new tab).
Here is a slow motion video of the full #HarvestMoon rising from last night near the #SpaceNeedle in #Seattle. #wawx pic.twitter.com/LsxvBXrHL210 September 2022
Sridharan said the smoke from the wildfires created a kind of natural filter during her photo shoot, resulting in a stunning view of the moon just beyond the Space Needle.
#HarvestMoon is rising behind #SpaceNeedle in #Seattle tonight. The smoke in the air created a natural filter, making the normally heavy impact possible. pic.twitter.com/YimYwOPCQLSSeptember 10, 2022
In the United Kingdom, lookouts were ready at another monument, Stonehenge, to film the Harvest Moon overhead.
Harvest 2022 Full moon rose over Stonehenge last night 🌾🌝Photo courtesy of Stonehenge Dronescapes #harvest #moon #fullmoon pic.twitter.com/oxhqs01QGgSeptember 10, 2022
The spectacle was equally stunning in Graceville, Minnesota, where Carol Bauer, in Grandma with a Camera, captured stunning views of the full moon rising over water and houses.
Graceville Minnesota #harvestmoon @BobVanDillen @wxchanneldesk @JimCantore @JenCarfagno @StephanieAbrams @WeatherNation @spann @mark_tarello @Wx_Max @AgDayTV @Ginger_Zee @ian_leonard @FOX9 @kellycass #mnwx pic.twitter.com/KMtUSjcNqnSeptember 11, 2020
AMAZING! Full Harvest Moon Saturday from Graceville, Minnesota. Photo credit: @carolbauer320 #Moon #Space pic.twitter.com/vysEKosjwwSeptember 11, 2022
In Britain’s Cleve Hill, Gloucestershire, amateur astronomer and photographer Susan Snow watched the Harvest Moon rise above the horizon, shattering trees in its path.
Full #Moon rising over Cleve this evening 🌝#Moonrise #HarvestMoon #FullMoon #FullHarvestMoon @CleeveCommon @GlosLiveOnline pic.twitter.com/bqxRmBBudTSSeptember 10, 2022
Full #Moon rising over Cleve this evening 🌝#Moonrise #HarvestMoon #FullMoon #FullHarvestMoon @CleeveCommon @GlosLiveOnline pic.twitter.com/D1yKGX5uJZSeptember 11, 2022
With so many amazing views of the Harvest Moon this year, it’s hard to pick a favorite. Here are a few more we found that were truly stunning.
A harvest full moon rises over @Ely_Cathedral this evening in Cambridgeshire. So happy you caught me 😍🙏🏻🌝 #HarvestMoon #fullmoon pic.twitter.com/IcdnT77A0iSeptember 10, 2022
It was a beautiful clear evening to watch the 2022 Harvest Moon rise here over rolling prairie not far from home in southern Alberta. #HarvestMoon @twanight #FullMoon pic.twitter.com/Rrd9kyUEZJSeptember 10, 2022
With clouds forecast for tomorrow, I didn’t want to risk missing the Harvest Moon in #Pittsburgh. While not completely full (99.7% close enough), it still looked impressive climbing over PPG Place tonight. A scene that I never get tired of filming. pic.twitter.com/35tMkLlzLYSeptember 10, 2022
The harvest moon rises behind the Claiborne Pell Bridge in Rhode Island. #HarvestMoon #Moon #timelapse #RhodeIsland pic.twitter.com/5AJ6NvAWXSSSeptember 11, 2022
The September Harvest Moon set this morning in Parker County, Texas.
A 99.7% full Harvest Moon (aka COOOOORN!) rises behind the Wood Island light-saving station. Taken from New Castle, New Hampshire. The forest fire smoke above gives it a dark pink color. #NHwx #StormHour pic.twitter.com/rY75cHta3jSeptember 10, 2022
This evening #HarvestMoon rises above @TowerBridge lit in royal purple pic.twitter.com/yd3V7yFQ9YSeptember 9, 2022
2022.9.10📸19:20 #岐阜城#岐阜城と月#中秋の名月#満月#HARVEST MOON#ハーベストムーン pic.twitter.com/ebPmFWb1KLSSeptember 10, 2022
If you’re looking for the equipment to see the next full moon or planet, you can check out our guides to the best binoculars and the best telescopes to suit your needs. If you’re hoping to take an epic shot of the moon, our recommendations for the best astrophotography cameras and the best astrophotography lenses will help you find what you need. You can also read our guide on how to photograph the moon with a camera for general tips.
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