Stay Eat Events Weather Beaches

Unlucky Harvest Moon for Oregon Coast, Portland, Valley on Friday the 13th

Published 09/09/2019 at 2:53 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Unlucky Harvest Moon for Oregon Coast, Portland, Valley on Friday the 13th

Latest Coastal Lodging News Alerts
In Seaside:
Includes exclusive listings; some specials even in summer
In Cannon Beach:
Includes rentals not listed anywhere else
In Manzanita, Wheeler, Rockaway Beach:
Check each listing for specials
In Pacific City, Oceanside:
Some Deals even in summer; great packages
In Lincoln City:
Major price drops on some dates and some lodgings
In Depoe Bay, Gleneden Beach:
Specials can still be found
In Newport:
Includes exclusive listings not found anywhere
In Waldport
New amenities offered; specials
In Yachats, Florence
Some specials; lodgings not listed anywhere else

(Oregon Coast) – This week comes a full Harvest Moon and a Friday the 13th, and that may not be a total coincidence as the Oregon coast, Portland and other parts of the state may be out of luck to see the full glory of this moon. (Above: a Harvest Moon in Newport)

According to Jim Todd, director of space science education at Portland’s OMSI, this Friday, September 13 will be the Harvest Moon, the designation for the full moon that comes closest to the first day of fall – which is September 23. The Harvest Moon can, however, fall just before or after the autumnal equinox, which usually happens on or about September 22.

On September 13, you’ll see the sun setting in the west horizon at 7:25 p.m. accompanied soon by the Full Harvest Moon doing something rather spectacular. It appears about 7:44 p.m. as a large orange full moon low on the eastern horizon, the result of a pair of different effects. Its orange color comes from the fact we are looking at it through more layers of atmosphere because it’s so low.

“The atmosphere scatters blue light (the reason the sky looks blue),” Todd said. “The thickness of the atmosphere in the direction of a horizon scatters blue light most effectively, but it lets red light pass through. So a moon near the horizon takes on a yellow, orange or reddish hue.”

Its larger-than-usual size comes from a trick your eyes play on you called the “moon illusion.”

“The illusion is a matter of perception, a trick of the brain, which perceives the Moon when seen overhead as closer than the Moon seen at the horizon,” Todd said. “When an object is perceived to be nearer, the brain may compensate by making it look smaller to us. Likewise, an object thought to be farther away will be seen as larger. “

Before the invention of light bulbs and other artificial lighting, Todd said our ancestors were quite aware of the waning daylight hours that come with autumn. They noted how the day shrank more rapidly around the autumnal equinox, a time when the Sun rises due east and sets due west. The name Harvest Moon came from the tradition of harvesting crops by the light of the moon about this time of year.

Unfortunately for the Oregon coast and places like Portland, Salem, Eugene, Silverton and the rest of the northwest part of the state, the forecast calls for mostly clouds the whole of the week. Wednesday does get a nice sun break on the Oregon coast – true to the whole “second summer” concept (September is normally the mot pleasant weather of the year on the beaches).

On Friday, the forecast for both the valley and coastal regions is mostly cloudy, but therein lies a silver lining. There should be occasional breaks in those clouds that night, allowing some viewing. Since the Harvest Moon will appear in the east, and the coast range mountains and other hills block the view to the east from the beaches, some of that bigger-than-usual effect may be lost, as well as the orange effect.

Newport may have the best view of the phenomena, since the mountains tend to be farther to the east. You’ll need to get high on a hill, however, and farther inland from the beaches. See Oregon Coast Weather.

Oregon Coast Hotels for this event - Where to eat - Map - Virtual Tour




Below: Harvest Moon in Waldport, Depoe Bay and Yachats




More About Oregon Coast hotels, lodging.....

More About Oregon Coast Restaurants, Dining.....

 

Oregon Coast event or adventure you can't miss

 



Coastal Spotlight


LATEST Related Oregon Coast Articles

N. Oregon Coast Holidays: Cannon Beach Museum, Downtown Parties
Cannon Beach events: plenty of interesting yuletide distractions
Central Oregon Coast Holidays Kick Off with Lincoln City Tree Lighting
Family ornament workshop, cookies and hot chocolate, festive choral music, a visit with Santa. Lincoln City events
Wacky Oregon Coast History: Nov. 12 is Happy Exploding Whale Day, New Facts
More tidbits about the incident, the clip and its future. Sciences
Major Meteor Shower Could Hit West Coast, Oregon, Washington
An enormous but short burst of activity of especially bright meteors. Sciences
Lion's Mane Jellyfish: Something Ouchy on Oregon Coast Lately
Seaside Aquarium this week reporting seeing some Lion's Mane Jellyfish on the north coast. South coast, Sciences
Holidays and Book Fair Approach on N. Oregon Coast: Tillamook, Seaside
Mook Book Fair in Tillamook, Gingerbread Tea in Seaside. Tillamook events, Seaside events
Oregon Coast King Tides Project Kickoff Party, Photogs Needed
With the first king tides coming up November 25 - 27. Weather
Animal Planet Star of Crikey! It's the Irwins Films at Oregon Coast Aquarium
Bindi Irwin showed up in Newport for a segment airing Nov. 23. Science, kids

Back to Oregon Coast

Contact Advertise on BeachConnection.net
All Content, unless otherwise attributed, copyright BeachConnection.net Unauthorized use or publication is not permitted

Oregon Coast Lodging
Rentals
Specials

Dining

Events Calendar

Oregon Coast Weather

Travel News

Search for Oregon Coast Subjects, Articles

Virtual Tours, Maps
Deep Details