But there's a full moon risin'
Let's go dancin' in the light
We know where the music's playin'
Let's go out and feel the night.
-Neil Young, "Harvest Moon" (1992)
Thursday, September 19
Meet at Sunrise Cyclery at 9pm, roll out at 9:30
It's that time of the month again, my Friends. There is a nip in the air, so dress warmly, bring your lights, and let's howl at that harvest moon. This is a ride for WTF cyclists, and cool, supportive allies are invited to join us for a slowwwww cruise.
I'm probably going to bring some corn cakes. =] I'm excited to share this moon with you!
In traditional skylore, the Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox, and depending on the year, the Harvest Moon can come anywhere from two weeks before to two weeks after the autumnal equinox. For us in the Northern Hemisphere, the 2013 autumnal equinox comes on September 22, so the September 19 full moon counts as the Northern Hemisphere’s Harvest Moon.
When a full moon happens close to the autumnal equinox, the moon rises only about 30 to 35 minutes later (as opposed to the average of 50 minutes later) daily for several days before and after the full Harvest moon due to the moon's ecliptic orbital path. The narrow angle of the ecliptic results in a shorter-than-usual rising time between successive moonrises around the full Harvest Moon.
These early evening moonrises are what make every Harvest Moon special. Every full moon rises around sunset. The lag time between successive moonrises shrinks to a yearly minimum, as described, and because of this, it seems as if there are several full moons – for a few nights in a row – around the time of the Harvest Moon.
Info from a favorite site of mine, http://earthsky.org/space/harvest-moon-2
RSVP on Facebook
Can you believe this is our SEVENTH FMR?! Wut. It seems like just yesterday we went on that cold, icy, howl fest in March. This post explains what inspired us to start riding during the full moon: our bike soul sisters, the Ovarian Psycos.
April- Pink Moon
May- Karaoke! (Rained out. Sad face.)
June- Moon Spinners
July- Thunder Moon
August- Sturgeon Moon
So happy we've been able to keep this ride going, and I really look forward to it every month! I hope you do too. If you'd like to lead the next ride, holla.
Next Month- YOU LEAD THE RIDE!
Do you have fun going on group rides with us? You should lead a ride! These monthly rides only happen if someone steps up to organize it, which just involves setting up Facebook event (I can do that so it invites everyone in the group) and leading a slow ride. You don't even have to have a destination! It can be a loop! It can end in Wisconsin! Whatever you desire.
Truthfully, the more variety we have in organizers, the more fun this ride will be. Let's keep it going, and let's keep it fresh. Post on the Facebook event that you want to lead next month, and that's all you have to do! You can ask for support there, too.