The Mid-Autumn Festival this year falls on September 13 (Friday) and the full moon (Note) will occur shortly after midday the next day. 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 12 (Thursday) – the eve of the Mid-Autumn Festival|
|Transit (Elevation 53 degrees)||11.22pm|
|Moonset||5.10am (next morning)|
|September 13 (Friday) – Mid-Autumn Festival|
|Transit (Elevation 57 degrees)||0.05am (next morning)|
|Moonset||6am (next morning)|
|September 14 (Saturday) – the day following the Mid-Autumn Festival|
|Full Moon (the moon is below the horizon of Hong Kong at this moment)||12.33pm|
|Transit (Elevation 62 degrees)||0.47am (next morning)|
|Moonset||6.49am (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 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.