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Harvest Moon 2022: September’s full moon thrills stargazers around the world (photos)

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.

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.”

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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).

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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.

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In the United Kingdom, lookouts were ready at another monument, Stonehenge, to film the Harvest Moon overhead.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Editor’s note: If you have photographed the Harvest Moon near Jupiter and Neptune and would like to share it with Space.com readers, please send your photos, comments, your name and location to spacephotos@. (will open in a new tab).

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