Harvest moonrise photos and video
The harvest moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox. For the first time since 1991, the harvest moon occurred at the start of autumn, on Sept. 23, 2010. I joined about 40 other photographers at the Netherlands Carillon to photograph the harvest moon rising over Washington. The evening was quite summer-like, with a moderate amount of haze in the atmosphere combined with high humidity, which provided weather conditions that felt more like mid-summer than the kickoff of autumn.
The layer of haze, visible at the horizon, prevented the moon from being seen at the time of moonrise. Instead, it just slowly appeared in the sky well above the horizon, about 20 minutes after moonrise. The moon was first pink, transitioned to yellow, then became a bright, white sphere of light as it rose in the sky above Washington.
Keep reading for a moonrise video that shows the harvest moon rising above Washington.
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