The University Record, October 8, 2001

Once in a blue moon

Michigan moonshine above Burton Tower Oct. 2 also is known as the Harvest Moon. A Harvest Moon in October only does come around once in a blue moon—only when the fall equinox in the Northern Hemisphere occurs closer to October’s full moon than September’s. ‘Some folks claim that the Harvest Moon shines brighter and more golden than normal full moons, but this is simply an illusion due to the angle of ecliptic—the apparent path of the Earth in relation to the sun,’ says Matthew Linke, program associate at the Exhibit Museum of Natural History. (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)