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Full Harvest Moon Bike/Walk
September 13, 2019 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
We will be meeting at the 3rd Ave parking area by the McManus Trial in uptown Beckley (pictured above) at 8:00pm September 13th. Come have fun and get physically active in an awesome safe group setting. Hiking; please wear sturdy shoes, bring a jacket if there is a chance of rain, and bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated during the activity.
Traditionally, the Harvest Moon designation goes to the full moon that occurs closest to the autumnal (fall) equinox. The Harvest Moon usually comes in September, but (on average) once or twice a decade it will fall in early October. At the peak of the harvest, farmers can work into the night by the light of this moon. Usually the moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the moon seems to rise at nearly the same time each night: just 25 to 30 minutes later each night across the U.S., and only 10 to 20 minutes later for much of Canada and Europe. Corn, pumpkins, squash, beans and wild rice — important Indian staples — are now ready for gathering. Since the moon arrives at apogee about 15 hours earlier, the farthest distance from Earth in its orbit, this will also be the smallest full moon of 2019. In terms of apparent size, it will appear 12.2 percent smaller than the full moon of Feb.19.
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