By: Keoni Everington
Taipei, Sept. 23 (CNA) The annual Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋節) celebration of the harvest
moon in the Chinese lunar calendar is a time when families reunite to worship the moon and the coming of fall, and those in the Western Hemisphere will have the added bonus of a rare super blood moon this year.
The moon festival falls on the 15th day of the 8th month in the lunar calendar, which this year is Sept. 27, and there will be a three-day national holiday in Taiwan to celebrate the festival from Sept. 26-28.
●Moon gazing spots
The harvest moon is often, but not always, the largest full moon of the year, and for those in the Western Hemisphere, Europe, and Africa this year it’s a super moon, which means it most closely coincides with perigee — the moon’s closest point to Earth in its orbit.
The Western Hemisphere, Europe, and Africa will also be treated with a blood moon, meaning that there will be a full lunar eclipse, giving it a deep red hue. [FULL STORY]