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Prominent harvest moon watches over Washington, D.C.

The full moon rises over Washington, D.C. ( law_kid on Flickr, Jim Knapp )

EarthSky describes how this moon got its name:

The shorter-than-usual time between moonrises around the full Harvest Moon means no long period of darkness between sunset and moonrise for days in succession. In the days before tractor lights, the lamp of the Harvest Moon helped farmers to gather their crops, despite the diminishing daylight hours.

This past Saturday, moonrise occurred in Washington, D.C. at 6:25 p.m., just a few hours before the moon was officially “full” at 11:19 p.m. This was also about 30 minutes before sunset (at 6:53 p.m.)

The setting sun and rising moon along with some high clouds produced a nice combination of light and texture for photographers.

The moon images in this post were all submitted via our Flickr group:

Moonset at the Lincoln Memorial September 29 ( wolfkann on Flickr, Kevin Wolf )

Cemetery by the light of the Harvest Moon, September 29, Catlett, Va. ( Stephen Little on Flickr )

Lastly, here’s an outstanding fall equinox sunrise photo from the week before:

Three photographers shoot the equinox sunrise and the golden glow that it creates on September 22. ( philliefan99 on Flickr, Phil Yabut )
Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.

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