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  • Moon watching tips for Mid-Autumn Festival 2018

  • Monday, 10th September 2018

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
Moonrise 5.25pm
Transit (Elevation 58 degrees) 11.18pm
Moonset 5.14am (next morning)
September 24 (Monday) – Mid-Autumn Festival
Moonrise 6.02pm
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
Moonrise 6.39pm
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.

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