The September full moon lit up the night sky over the weekend in a dazzling lunar spectacle enjoyed by skywatchers around the world.
The September full moon peaked on Saturday, September 10, but appeared fully illuminated to casual observers the day before and after its lunar spectacle. This also marked the Harvest Moon of 2022, as this Full Moon was closest to the September Equinox on September 22 which will mark the changing seasons on Earth.
“Many cultures hold festivals related to Harvest Moon,” NASA officials wrote. on Twitter (opens in a new tab). “For example, those celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival share mooncakes.”
Getty photographers around the world captured incredible views of Harvest Moon 2022, including images from New York, Spain, and Tokyo, Japan.
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Nicholas Isabella, a New York-based photographer, woke up very early on Saturday to capture stunning views of Harvest Moon.
“This morning’s harvest moon sets over the Statue of Liberty,” Isabella on Twitter (opens in a new tab) early Saturday while sharing a great photo. “It was worth getting up early for that.”
This morning, the harvest moon sets over the Statue of Liberty. It was worth getting up early for it. pic.twitter.com/fI55XbIF5KSeptember 10, 2022
Veteran astrophotographer Andrew McCarthy of Florence, Arizona, expressed a similar sentiment, even though he had to fight rainy weather to observe the moon.
“The brief moment Harvest Moon revealed before being obscured by clouds the rest of the night,” McCarthy wrote on Instagram. (opens in a new tab)where it posts as cosmic_background (opens in a new tab), Saturday. “This full moon means a lot to me personally, so I’m glad I was able to capture it despite the heavy rain last night.”
In Seattle, photographer Sigma Sreedharan captured incredible views of the Harvest Moon rising behind the city of Washington’s iconic Space Needle.
“Here is a time lapse video of the full harvest moon rising next to the Space Needle in Seattle last night,” Sreedharan wrote in a post. Posting on Twitter (opens in a new tab).
Here’s a time-lapse video of the full #HarvestMoon rising next to #SpaceNeedle in #Seattle last night. #wawx pic.twitter.com/LsxvBXrHL2September 10, 2022
Sreedharan said the smoke from the wildfires created a kind of natural filter during his photoshoot, which gave a sweeping view of the moon directly behind the Space Needle.
Tonight’s #HarvestMoon rises behind #SpaceNeedle in #Seattle. The smoke in the air created a natural filter to make the usually difficult exposure possible. pic.twitter.com/YimYwOPCQLSeptember 10, 2022
In the UK, observers were ready at another monument, Stonehenge, to capture the top of Harvest Moon.
The Full Harvest Moon 2022 rising over Stonehenge last nightSeptember 10, 2022
The sight was equally amazing in Graceville, Minnesota, where “Grandma With a Camera” Carol Bauer captured breathtaking views of the full moon rising over water and homes.
Graceville MN #harvestmoon @BobVanDillen @wxchanneldesk @JimCantore @JenCarfagno @StephanieAbrams @WeatherNation @spann @mark_tarello @Wx_Max @AgDayTV @Ginger_Zee @ian_leonard @FOX9 @kellycass #mnwx pic.twitter.com/KMtUSjcNqnSeptember 11, 2022
SPECTACULAR! Full Harvest Moon seen Saturday from Graceville, Minnesota. Photo courtesy of @carolbauer320 #Moon #Space pic.twitter.com/vysEKosjwwSeptember 11, 2022
In Cleeve Hill, Gloucestershire, UK, astronomer and amateur photographer Susan Snow watched the Harvest Moon soar above the horizon, casting silhouettes of trees in its path.
Full #Moon rising tonight behind Cleeve Hill ?#Moonrise #HarvestMoon #FullMoon #FullHarvestMoon @CleeveCommon @GlosLiveOnline pic.twitter.com/bqxRmBBudTSeptember 10, 2022
Full #Moon rising tonight behind Cleeve Hill ?#Moonrise #HarvestMoon #FullMoon #FullHarvestMoon @CleeveCommon @GlosLiveOnline pic.twitter.com/D1yKGX5uJZSeptember 11, 2022
With so many incredible Harvest Moon views this year, it’s hard to pick a favorite. Here are a few others we found that were truly mind-blowing.
The full harvest moon rises over @Ely_Cathedral tonight in Cambridgeshire. So happy with my catch ???? #HarvestMoon #fullmoon pic.twitter.com/IcdnT77A0iSeptember 10, 2022
It was a beautiful clear evening to watch the Harvest Moon rise for 2022, here above the rolling prairie near our home in southern Alberta. #HarvestMoon @twanight #FullMoon pic.twitter.com/Rrd9kyUEZJSeptember 10, 2022
With clouds in the forecast for tomorrow, I didn’t want to risk missing the Harvest Moon in #Pittsburgh. Although not quite full (99.7% is pretty close), it still looked spectacular rising above PPG Place tonight. A scene that I will never tire of capturing. pic.twitter.com/35tMkLlzLYSeptember 10, 2022
The Harvest Moon rises behind Rhode Island’s Claiborne Pell Bridge.#HarvestMoon #Moon #timelapse #RhodeIsland pic.twitter.com/5AJ6NvAWXSSeptember 11, 2022
September’s Harvest Moon as it set this morning in Parker County, Texas.September 11, 2022
The 99.7% Full Harvest Moon (aka COOOOORN Moon!) rises behind the Wood Island Light Saver Station – shot from New Castle, NH. Forest fire smoke aloft contributes to the dark pink color. #NHwx #StormHour pic.twitter.com/rY75cHta3jSeptember 10, 2022
#HarvestMoon rises over @TowerBridge lit up in royal purple tonight pic.twitter.com/yd3V7yFQ9YSeptember 9, 2022
2022.9.10 ? 19:20 # Gifu Castle # Gifu Castle and the Moon # Mid-Autumn Moon # Full Moon # HARVEST MOON # Harvest Moon pic.twitter.com/ebPmFWb1KLSeptember 10, 2022
If you’re looking for gear to spot the next full moon or planet, you can check out our guides to the best binoculars and telescopes to suit your needs. If you’re hoping to take an epic shot of the moon, our recommendations for the best cameras for astrophotography and the best lenses for astrophotography can help you find what you need. You can also read our guide on how to photograph the moon with a camera for general advice.
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