Science Class: What's a Harvest Moon?

NASA video explains origins of best-known moon name


On Wednesday, Sept. 18, we'll get a full moon, and the one that happens in September is called the Harvest Moon (it's the full moon closest to the end of summer/beginning of autumn).

In this very handy video courtesy of NASA's "VideoFromSpace" channel, we get a great explanation of how the term "harvest moon" came to be, where to look to see a bright orange, pumpkin-like moon, and more.

I'd love for NASA to produce a video that explains all of the other moon names, especially the "Beaver Moon" and "Sturgeon Moon."

Keith Shaw rounds up the best in geek video in his blog. Follow Keith on Twitter at @shawkeith. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-tos, follow ITworld on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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