The summer of supermoons is coming to an end as we approach fall. The Harvest Moon, the last of this season’s four full moons, will shine brightest on Friday, September 29, including Pakistan and the UAE.
The fully illuminated moon will rise around 18:33 EDT and set around 06:52 EDT the next day for New York City observers. The moon will gradually become less illuminated after the full moon, a process known as “waning.” On October 14, it will become a completely dark new moon, ushering in a new lunar cycle.
The series of four consecutive supermoons began in July with the Full Buck Moon and continued in August with the Full Sturgeon Moon and the Full Blue Moon. When the moon is closest to Earth in its orbit, it appears brighter and slightly larger than a regular full moon.
On the evening of Wednesday, September 27, the moon will be closest to Earth, two days before the Harvest Moon. This will not, however, be the closest or brightest supermoon of 2023. The Full Blue Moon on August 30 was even closer to Earth.