Matt Hartman of Glassell Park aimed his camera skyward tonight to capture shots of tonight’s moon as we approach the autumnal equinox and the beginning of autumn on Sunday. The Griffith Observatory’s Sky Report provided more information about the lunar display:
Full moon is on the night of the 18th, and occurs precisely at 4:13 a.m., P.D.T. on the 19th. This is the Harvest Moon, and it is celebrated as such by many cultures. On the nights around the full moon close to the start of autumn, moonrise happens about 40 minutes later on successive evenings from our latitude (34 degrees north), the minimum for the year. Before the era of artificial lighting, farmers found the bright moonlight after sunset useful for extending harvest work into the night.