'Harvest Moon'

Harvest Moon

[Public Domain] 13 Apr 2005 Dylan O'Donnell
CATEGORY : Astrophotography
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During the (northern) Autumn equinox, the Harvest moon rises just after sunset, thus affording farmers extra light with which to tend their crops. In Australia of course, the opposite is true with this Harvest moon captured rising around 9pm AEST.

While rising, the haze and atmospheric distortion lend the satellite a yellow saturation which fades as it climbs into the sky and some observers may note the moons seemingly massive appearance. This however, is an illusion but not an optical one, and is produced by our brains and our perception. Cameras can’t see it, but somehow when the moon lies close to the horizon, we believe it look bigger than it actually does.

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