Tonight, our moon is a harbinger of the season’s change. It’s the Harvest Moon, the full moon closest in time to the autumn equinox, which took place this past Saturday. In earlier days, farmers depended heavily on this moon's light, working late into the evening to harvest their crops. Moonlight became an essential part of farming; thus, the name Harvest Moon. It also rises earlier than usual and, seen through the thickness of the atmosphere, may appear orange and larger than usual, earning the other nickname: the Pumpkin Moon.

Whatever you call it, let’s enjoy the special light the full moon casts, and embrace the reality of time’s inevitable passage.