harvest moon

noun

Definition of harvest moon 

: the full moon nearest the time of the September equinox

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During the harvest moon, the Earth’s satellite often appears particularly large and may have an orange cast. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Seattle may be warmer than usual this fall, meteorologists say," 25 Sep. 2018 With a harvest moon glowing, the Ramona High football team came up with another shining performance to remain unbeaten. Rick Hoff, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Ramona stays unbeaten with solid win over Westview," 6 Oct. 2017 In this autumnal playoff season, find Venus and Mars working a double play, Saturn’s rings striking a maximum tilt, the harvest moon lollygagging all night and a few shooting stars peppering the heavens. Friedlander Jr., Washington Post, "Skywatch: Planets in double play, with harvest moon lollygagging in autumnal playoff season," 30 Sep. 2017 That means the harvest moon usually occurs in September. Gary Hershorn, National Geographic, "How to See the October Harvest Moon—First in Almost a Decade," 5 Oct. 2017 People watching the harvest moon during a festival in China had an exceptionally illuminating evening, thanks to a fireball that exploded in the skies over the country’s Yunnan Province on October 4. National Geographic, "Surprise Meteor Lights Up Harvest Moon Festival," 9 Oct. 2017 Northern Hemisphere harvest moons happen once a year, typically in September, making 2017's version particularly special. Melissa Minton, CNT, "How to See Thursday Night's Harvest Moon," 5 Oct. 2017 The harvest moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox, which this year was Sept. 22. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "The harvest moon is here. Find out where to catch the best views.," 5 Oct. 2017 With a harvest moon glowing, the Ramona High football team came up with another shining performance to remain unbeaten. Rick Hoff, Ramona Sentinel, "Prep Football: Bulldogs flog Westview to remain undefeated," 9 Oct. 2017

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1706, in the meaning defined above

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harvest moon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of harvest moon

: the full moon in autumn

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