This is the week of the Harvest Moon, which hasn’t much to do with harvest anymore but is still one of the celestial wonders of September. The full moon marked the fourth successive supermoon of 2023 and the final supermoon of the year.
The harvest moon, whose moniker grew out of its utility to farmers who harvested crops in the fall before the advent of artificial lighting, is the full moon that occurs closest to the Sept. 23 autumnal equinox.
The Harvest Moon reached its brightest illumination at 5:58 a.m. EDT on Friday.
The supermoon appeared around 5 percent larger and 13 percent brighter than the average full moon of 2023, according to NASA.
Houston-area stargazers captured the celestial spectacle in all its brilliance.
Scroll below for some stellar photos.
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