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Harvest Moon

The Harvest Moon is the name given to the first full moon nearest the autumnal equinox. This begins a period of days when the moon rises soon after sunset, giving farmers in temperate climates more time to harvest their crops in the evening before winter. The full moon immediately following the Harvest Moon is called the Hunter's Moon.
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Hunter's Moon

Hunter's Moon is the name given to the second full moon after the autumnal equinox. The first full moon is called the Harvest Moon. The Hunter's Moon begins a second period of days when the moon rises soon after sunset, giving temperate climates more light in the evening, though not for as long as the evenings following the Harvest Moon. This time would allow the farmers, finished with their harvesting, to hunt for game which they would add to their provisions for the winter.
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James M. Thomas, last updated October 12, 1999.

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