If you didn't get a chance on Oct. 5 to gaze longingly into the universe out of your window, or better yet, actually take a step outside, the Harvest moon was a sight to behold. This lunar event happens every year after the autumnal equinox when the timing of the sun set and the moon rise are close enough that planet earth's satellite glows orange. But, if you weren't obsessed enough with this celestial moment to see it as it happened, I've got you covered with photos of the Harvest moon that will take your breath away.
Before we get to the images, though, I need you to know — no, have an awakening — about the uniqueness of 2017's Harvest moon. If you didn't don all black, take our your crystals and get your tarot read like me (it's okay, I forgive you), you need to know that this year's Harvest moon was a one-in-a-decade event. You see, normally the Harvest moon falls in September, when it's named the Full Corn moon. When it rarely falls in October, it's called the Hunter's moon. That means that because of the timing this year, from an astrological perspective, beware of Aries. They're going to get a little rude, but these images might calm them down.
As for the calling it a "Harvest moon?" Well, that happens to be a nickname for the first full moon that happens after Sept. 22. Back when people had to rely on lunar activity instead of clocks, calendars and our other high-tech ways of keeping track of time, farmers knew when to harvest their grain based on this event.
Check out these serene and magical snapshots.
If these pictures from Lelant, England don't take your breath away, we can't be friends.
The image of the moon behind behind swirling clouds, in particular, made me feel like I needed to go watch The Craft immediately.
This image is practically unbelievable. The harvest moon looks like it's on fire in upstate New York. What I would give to have driven along that road...
The timing of the moon's rise made it appear larger than usual, which is apparent from the image of these adorbs kids, in Limerick, Ireland. The idea that the moon was so bright and close makes me feel like all is well in this celestial body, even if we are coping with a proverbial garbage fire of 2017 here on earth.
Not only does Canada get the world leader of my 2016 fever dreams, Justin Trudeau, but it also got a golden harvest moon over Calgary. This image is picture perfect, and that's probably because it was taken by a professional photog.
I missed the solar eclipse (insert a joke about me living under a rock right here), but thankfully this image is acquainting with the moon in a new way. The details and shadows of the moon's surface are mind-blowing, really, when you consider that it's over 200,000 miles away from earth.
How romantic is this image of a statue under the moonlight? This photo was taken in the medieval city of Aachen, Germany.
Of course, Europe got to see the harvest moon before the U.S. because it's situated in the east. (I guess I should have given a spoiler alert before all of these.)
Aachen is out here giving me life. Here's another image from the same location.
NASA is here to drop knowledge, but OMG, that photo! The moon is so orange that it's hard to believe it's real.
This image of the harvest moon over a lighthouse feels like the perfect entry into fall. It's like the moon is rising over the beach to tell us that the seasons are changing (and it's time to dust off those sweaters).
Back to Boston for this image of the moon rising over the city's buildings. Even the light pollution (yes, that's a thing) of city living can't stop this moon.
The sky is lavender-hued in this image of the moon on it's way over Long Island, New York. In fact, the sky looks ombre, from light pink into purple.
The caption with these images sums it up — it really would have been "impolite" not to post these. These images remind me of the stuff of vampire and werewolf movies.
One moon, so many looks. These professional photos of the harvest moon show it crystal clear, not a touch of orange in sight.
How is this the first image of water I'm including here? The water looks slick as oil under the harvest moon in Wales.
One more image over water. This image made me feel my witchiest best, with the harvest moon illuminating clouds over a black-as-night body of water.
Until next year, or, in the case of this year's unique Hunter's moon, until next decade, hopefully these images of the bright, blazing orange moon put your celestial bodies in order.