The Mid-Autumn Festival this year falls on September 24 (Monday) and the full moon (Note) will occur in the morning on the day following the Mid-Autumn Festival. If weather permits, a bright round moon will be observable at night during the Mid-Autumn Festival period.
To assist moon watching by the public, the times of moonrise, transit, moonset and full moon during the Mid-Autumn Festival period are listed in the table below. At transit, the moon passes the local meridian due south and its elevation is the highest of the night.
|September 23 (Sunday) – the eve of the Mid-Autumn Festival|
|Transit (Elevation 58 degrees)||11.18pm|
|Moonset||5.14am (next morning)|
|September 24 (Monday) – Mid-Autumn Festival|
|Transit (Elevation 62 degrees)||0.03am (next morning)|
|Moonset||6.06am (next morning)|
|September 25 (Tuesday) – the day following the Mid-Autumn Festival|
|Full Moon (the moon is below the horizon of Hong Kong at this moment)||10.52am|
|Transit (Elevation 67 degrees)||0.47am (next morning)|
|Moonset||6.59am (next morning)|
For the latest weather conditions during the Mid-Autumn Festival period, please refer to the nine-day Weather Forecast issued by the Hong Kong Observatory (www.weather.gov.hk/wxinfo/currwx/fnd.htm) for the planning of moon-watching activities.
Note: At full moon, the Moon as seen from the Earth is completely illuminated with the Moon and the Sun located on the opposite sides of the Earth.