Harvest Moon Pictures 2014: See Stunning Photos of the Harvest Moon

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
September 8, 2014 Updated: September 8, 2014

The Harvest Moon is rising on Monday night, and has already risen in some places around the world.

This full moon is dubbed the Harvest Moon because it’s the full moon that’s nearest to the autumnal equinox.

It’s also the Full Corn Moon because it traditionally corresponds with the time of harvesting corn, according to the Farmer’s Almanac.

“It is also called the Barley Moon, because it is the time to harvest and thresh the ripened barley,” it added.

A photo taken on September 8, 2014 shows the moon before a UEFA Euro 2016 Group E qualifying football match between San Marino and Lithuania at the Serravalle stadium in San Marino. (AFP/Getty Images)
A photo taken on September 8, 2014 shows the moon before a UEFA Euro 2016 Group E qualifying football match between San Marino and Lithuania at the Serravalle stadium in San Marino. (AFP/Getty Images)

The moon shines behind the Lanterns at the Wonderland Mid- Autumn festival at Victoria Park on September 8, 2014 in Hong Kong, China. Mid-Autumn festival takes place on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar, on which the moon is at its brightest and roundest (Photo by Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images)
The moon shines behind the Lanterns at the Wonderland Mid- Autumn festival at Victoria Park on September 8, 2014 in Hong Kong, China. Mid-Autumn festival takes place on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar, on which the moon is at its brightest and roundest (Photo by Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images)

The moon shines behind the Lanterns at the Wonderland Mid- Autumn festival at Victoria Park on September 8, 2014 in Hong Kong, China. Mid-Autumn festival takes place on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar, on which the moon is at its brightest and roundest (Photo by Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images)
The moon shines behind the Lanterns at the Wonderland Mid- Autumn festival at Victoria Park on September 8, 2014 in Hong Kong, China. Mid-Autumn festival takes place on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar, on which the moon is at its brightest and roundest (Photo by Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images)

The full moon is seen rising in the sky above the domes of the Smolny Cathedral in St.Petersburg, Russia, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Monday night's full moon, also known as a Harvest Moon, will be the third and final "supermoon" of 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons. One of St. Petersburg landmarks, the Smolny convent's main church was built between 1748 and 1764 by Italian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
The full moon is seen rising in the sky above the domes of the Smolny Cathedral in St.Petersburg, Russia, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Monday night’s full moon, also known as a Harvest Moon, will be the third and final “supermoon” of 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a “perigee moon,” occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons. One of St. Petersburg landmarks, the Smolny convent’s main church was built between 1748 and 1764 by Italian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

The waxing moon rises beyond the the tower at the Liberty Memorial, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. The 217 foot-tall tower is part of the National World War I museum and is topped by four guardian spirit statues representing: honor, courage, patriotism and sacrifice. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
The waxing moon rises beyond the the tower at the Liberty Memorial, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. The 217 foot-tall tower is part of the National World War I museum and is topped by four guardian spirit statues representing: honor, courage, patriotism and sacrifice. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

NASA’s Dr. Tony Phillips gives more insight into why the moon is called the Harvest Moon, noting that the moon rises sooner after dusk.

“To a non-astronomer, that might sound like celestial trivia. But to sky watchers it makes a huge difference. For several nights in a row around the time of the Harvest Moon, the moon rises at about the same time–sunset,” he wrote in a blog post.

“And you know what happens when the moon rises at sunset…. Low-hanging moons are reddened by clouds and dust. Not only that, they are swollen to outlandish size by the Moon illusion, a well-known but still mysterious trick of the eye that makes low-hanging Moons seem much larger than they really are.

“When you add these effects together the Harvest Moon often looks like a great pumpkin. The experience is repeated for several nights in a row around the equinox. A great pumpkin-colored Moon rising in the east is a nice way to kick off northern autumn. And it’s a nice way to end the day. At sundown on Sept. 18th, go outside, face east, and enjoy the Harvest Moon.”

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.