Tuesday 9 Sep 2014 9:57 am
Monday’s full moon has an extra claim to fame.
A supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth.
It’s known as a “Harvest Moon” because of its status as the full moon closest to the Northern Hemisphere’s autumnal equinox on September 22nd. The tradition is that the bright moon helps light the way for farmers bringing in their crops late into the evening.