The Harvest Moon is the moon at and about the period of fullness that is nearest to the autumnal equinox. In legend, it is said that all full moons have their own special characteristics.
Because the Harvest Moon rises about 30 minutes after sunset, it has been said that it helped farmers working to bring in their crops. They could continue being productive by moonlight even after the sun had set. Hence, it’s name Harvest Moon.
It seems to be bigger and brighter than other moons. This has to do with the seasonal tilt of the earth. The moon’s warm color is an optical illusion. Because the moon is low in the sky, it is seen through a greater amount of atmospheric particles than when it is overhead.
The Harvest Moon is also known as the Wine Moon, the Singing Moon and the Elk Call Moon.