Moon watching tips for Mid-Autumn Festival 2022
30 August 2022
The Mid-Autumn Festival this year falls on September 10 (Saturday) and the full moon (see Note) will occur right before moonrise that night. A bright and clear moon will be observable at night during the Mid-Autumn Festival period if weather permits.
To facilitate 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 9 (Friday) – the eve of the Mid-Autumn Festival|
|Transit (Elevation 54 degrees)||11.50 pm|
|Moonset||5.41 am (next morning)|
|September 10 (Saturday) – Mid-Autumn Festival|
|Full Moon (The Moon is below the horizon of Hong Kong at this moment)||5.59 am|
|Transit (Elevation 60 degrees)||0.40am (next morning)|
|Moonset||6.43am (next morning)|
|September 11 (Sunday) – the day following the Mid-Autumn Festival|
|Transit (Elevation 67 degrees)||1.28am (next morning)|
|Moonset||7.41am (next morning)|
For the latest weather conditions during the Mid-Autumn Festival period, please refer to the “9-Day Weather Forecast” issued by the Hong Kong Observatory 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.