Pennsylvania Starwatch: Shine on harvest moon, super or not

September 7, 2014 8:00 AM

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It's hard to believe, but the old song "Shine on Harvest Moon" is more than 100 years old. It's an old song written by a married couple in the days of vaudeville. I know there are many other songs involving the moon, but this one is very appropriate this week, as old and unhip as it is. If you're under 40, you may not have ever even heard it, and in that case, check out on YouTube at It's one of my favorite versions recorded by Ruth Etting in 1931. Don't tell the hip police, but I'm not afraid to say that's one of my favorite lunar tunes.

On Monday night, we officially have a full harvest moon that will linger in the sky most of this week. It really doesn't look all that different than any other full moon. It's called the harvest moon because it's the closest full moon to the date of the autumnal equinox, the first day of fall on Sep...

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