September’s full moon is almost upon us, with the moment of the full moon happening on Monday, Sept. 24th, at 10:52 pm (all times midcoast Maine). The best viewing of moonrise of the full moon should be Monday night, with moonrise occurring at 6:43 pm just after sunset at 6:29 pm. Moonset at 6:41 am on Tuesday should be a good opportunity, too, occurring just after sunrise.
I’ve had more success in September than pretty much any other month with photographing the full moon, and I’ve included a few examples here in this post. You can find a wider selection of my full moon photographs in my Adventures in Celestial Mechanics portfolio here.
This year (as happens 2/3 of the time) the September full moon is the Harvest Moon. The Harvest Moon is considered to be the moon closest in time to the autumn equinox and usually falls in September. Other common names for the September Moon I’ve used are the Autumn Moon, the Chestnut Moon, Dancing Moon (from the Klamath in the Pacific NW), the Moon of Plenty, and the Rice Moon.