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Tonight at a little past 11:00 PM EDT the autumnal equinox arrives. Isn't it wonderful that there is simultaneously a full moon?

Asked by gailcalled (54522points) September 22nd, 2010

This doesn’t happen very often so it’s worth a look and a few minutes of contemplation. Bonus; Jupiter is near the harvest moon and very, very bright.

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gailcalled's avatar

Here’s the data; make sure you have a look. It is a scene designed to lower stress and raise IQ’s.

Wednesday, Sept. 22

This evening Jupiter (and Uranus) are below the full Harvest Moon.The Moon is exactly full at 5:17 a.m. Thursday morning EDT.

Autumn begins in the Northern Hemisphere, and spring in the Southern Hemisphere, at 11:09 p.m. EDT. This equinox marks when the Sun crosses the equator heading south for the year. Day and night (if you include twilight as night) are about equally long.

Source and nice little map, Sept. 22.

bob_'s avatar

I’m not wild about autumn, to be honest.

Rarebear's avatar

And as a bonus, although you really won’t be able to see it in the brightness, Uranus is just to the side of Jupiter as well.

bob_'s avatar

Heh, “Uranus”.

gailcalled's avatar

@bob_ : Seize the moment; don’t fret about what comes after. Today, here (12165) the temperature reached 80˚. I know it won’t last but who cares.

AmWiser's avatar

I hope there are pictures posted on the internet tomorrow. I know I’ll be in dreamland at 11 p.

loser's avatar

I hadn’t realized this. Thank you, Gail! I can’t wait for the show tonight.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Yes, I’m really looking forward to it.

YARNLADY's avatar

Yes, will you celebrate the Moon Festival with moon cakes?

tragiclikebowie's avatar

I just came back from snapping a few pictures of the moon before it was obscured by the clouds. I got one or two decent ones.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@bob_ Neither am I, but I like it better than winter. Either way, I love a good look at the moon.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@bob_ GROW UP!!! Heh. :)

Dutchess_III's avatar

EDT….Eastern time? So…9:00 Normal/Kansas time?

Jude's avatar

Can you all see this

I took this a few minutes ago.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@mama_cakes This video either has been removed or is not visible due to privacy settings.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

It’s 9:46p.m./21:46 here in Central Time, and it was the most incredible thing to see. There is a bright constellation to the southeast of the moon shining brightly. Upon breaking out the binoculars and laying down in the backyard, I was able to see a fraction of what appeared to be a bright red and yellow planet to the north or left of what looked like a star. The planet slowly disappeared as the star shown more brightly, with two much smaller lights glowing on either side of it.

Heading back out…

Jude's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer That’s what I had on the video. Bummer that you aren’t able to see it.

gailcalled's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer: The planet would not move and the star’s brightness would not vary. Were there cloud layers in the sky? If so, they may have distorted both the star’s and planet’s apparent brightness and color. (And don’t eliminate airplanes. They have different lights showing depending on whether they are flying towards you, away from you, or at an angle.)

ucme's avatar

Wonderful, however it does come with one rather alarming drawback! :¬(

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@gailcalled When I went back out, I noticed that there were some clouds moving in more thickly and pretty quickly. That must have been it. It definitely wasn’t a plane.

gailcalled's avatar

I got a spectacular view just after 11:00 PM. The sky cleared and the Moon and glittering golden Jupiter, about 6˚ below it, strutted their stuff.

@ucme: That was only Milo, testing out his Halloween costume.

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