Just a few days ago, it was almost 90 degrees and very, very humid.  Fall has come to middle Tennessee and we are enjoying some beautiful weather.

As soon as the weather cooled off, I threw open our windows and let the cool breezes blow into the house. I love the fresh air coming into the house! The evenings are cooled off, perfect sleeping weather.

This evening, I saw an amazing sight, a blood-red harvest moon.

It was very large and very red.  I did a Google search to find out just way this happens. I found this explanation:

The Harvest moon during the fall appears very large and orange. There are two reasons for this, the moon’s path across the sky, and the climate of earth. During certain times of the year, the moon will rise and set at different angles. Sometimes the moon stays really low in the sky and never reaches an overhead position. The earth’s atmosphere also goes through certain changes at certain times of the year.

In some months, the atmosphere has more dust particles than usual; in other months, the atmosphere contains a lot more cloud particles than usual. Extra particles in the atmosphere mean more scattering of light. In the fall, many farmers are harvesting their crops. Lots of dust from the soil of the crops gets disturbed. The dust floats into the atmosphere. At the same time, the moon is lower in the sky during the fall season. So if there’s more dust in the sky and the moon is closer to the horizon, then what color will the moon be? Orange! That’s where “Harvest Moon” gets its name.

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