Moon watching tips for Mid-Autumn Festival 2022

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​The Mid-Autumn Festival this year falls on September 10 (Saturday) and the full moon will occur right before the 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
Moonrise 6.03 pm
Transit (elevation 54 degrees) 11.50 pm
Moonset 5.41 am (next morning)
September 10 (Saturday) – Mid-Autumn Festival
The full moon (the moon is below the horizon of
Hong Kong at this moment)
5.59 pm
Moonrise 6.43 pm
Transit (elevation 60 degrees) 0.40 am (next morning)
Moonset 6.43 am (next morning)
September 11 (Sunday) – the day following the Mid-Autumn Festival
Moonrise 7.21 pm
Transit (elevation 67 degrees) 1.28 am (next morning)
Moonset 7.41 am (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. (from Hong Kong Observatory)