Tonight's the real night. It's the real full moon.
Make a plan, now, to get yourself and your sweetie outside to watch the moonrise. September's full moon is called the Harvest Moon because it is close to the Earth and provides so much light that farmers of yore were able to work in the fields throughout the night. This full moon will appear incredibly large and bright. Those who want to know more about the eliptical pattern of the moon's orbit can find plenty of astronomy web sites that go into detail. Yeah, all that's nice, but the magic is in being out in the dark, lit only by the lunar glow. It's a treasure best shared with someone special.
Moon rise in Oklahoma tonight will be about 7:45 p.m. Wait another couple of hours to see it rise above the eastern horizon-- if you catch it at the right time, it may glow gold before turning to silver.
Good songs to sing this evening: "Shine on Harvest Moon"; "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" and "Moonlight Bay."
The next full Moon on the calendar, after this month’s Harvest Moon, comes on the night of Oct. 27-28. There will be a bonus that night: A total eclipse of the Moon. Kind of turns the lights out on Hunters' Moon, doesn't it?