BY JESI MUNGUIA
So shine on shine on Harvest Moon, is what onlookers for the Headlands International Dark Sky Park in Mackinaw City may be saying for the upcoming Harvest Moon event.
The Autumnal Equinox, which occurs on September 22 this year, marks the beginning of Fall. The Harvest Moon is the full moon that occurs closest to the Autumnal Equinox. This year it occurs September 19.
The Harvest Moon event at the Headlands Dark Sky park will explain how former indigenous cultures determined the time of year by reading the relationship between the moon and stars.
Mary Stewart Adams is the program director for the Headlands International Dark Sky Park in Emmet county said she timed the event so that spectators are there when the sun is setting and the moon is rising. “So it’s really a beautiful time of night to be outside and to watch as that summer sun as it’s you know having it’s last sunset and then that full moon is rising up. The harvest moon is kind of a standoff between the sun and the moon in the sky. The sun is heading south so throughout the fall and winter months there is more moonlight than sunlight”.
The Harvest Moon event at the Headlands will be held on September 21 at 7:30.
More information can be found at www.emmetcounty.org/darkskypark.