Harvest Moon will appear tonight – best time to see it from Scotland

This month’s full Moon – usually known as the ‘Harvest Moon’ – will be at its brightest in Scottish skies tonight.

The Harvest Moon -sometimes called ‘Corn Moon’ – is the full Moon that happens nearest the autumnal equinox, reports Cambridge Live.

Near the time of the autumnal equinox – usually around September 23- the angle of the moon’s orbit relative to the Earth’s horizon is at its minimum.

This means that the full moon rises above the horizon much faster than usual.

The ‘Harvest Moon’ will be visible tonight.

This month’s luminous disc will be on show for all to see in Scotland in the wee, small hours of Tuesday morning – September 21.

Here is everything you need to know about September’s Harvest Moon, including how to spot it.

When is September’s full Moon in 2021?

September’s ‘Harvest Moon’ will be at its fullest on Tuesday, September 21 at 12.54am in the UK.

It falls just a day before the autumn equinox, which for 2021 is on September 2022.

You will have plenty of time to binge on the spectacle this month – weather permitting of course. The moon will rise not long after the sun sets on Monday, and stay in the sky till the morning of Tuesday.

Why is it called the ‘Harvest Moon’?

The full Moon that happens nearest to the autumn equinox – September 22 or 23 – is called the ‘Harvest Moon’. This could be September’s or October’s full Moon.

The Harvest Moon is unique in that it seems to rise at nearly at the same time around sunset for several evenings in a row.

Other full Moons rise 50 minutes later each night – but the Harvest Moon rises just 25 to 30 minutes later across the northern United States, and only 10 to 20 minutes later farther north in Canada and Europe, explains the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

For Scotland, moonrise will take place at 7:44pm on Monday and moonset at 7:05pm on Tuesday, according to

And that’s not all. Even if you miss the exact date, the day after the moon will be almost full and rise almost at the same time.

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