Deer hunters continued to find fewer whitetails in the woods and fields of the Palmetto State last fall, if the recent Deer Harvest Survey released by the S. Charles Ruth, the deer-project leader for SCDNR, said hunters took 99,678 bucks and 72,637 does, continuing a decline in the annual harvest dating back to 2002.
The 2016 harvest was off 11 percent from 2015, down to 172,315.
That's still intense, but more like a very bright star than a shadow-casting Moon.
Compared to Phobos and Deimos, Earth's 3500 km-wide moon is a giant.
This is a trick of the eye known as the "Moon Illusion." Above: This plot shows the daily difference in moonrise times for a mid-northern latitude observer around the time of each Full Moon in the year 2000. Nine months later around the time of the autumnal equinox this daily difference is at an annual minimum. 18, 2005, for instance, will appear only 30 minutes later than the full Harvest Moon did the day before. Harvest Moon Presently, Earth is the only planet in our solar system where farmers rely on the light of a moon to help them complete their chores. Centuries from now, humans might well till the fields of a terraformed planet Mars.
(The 2005 plot looks almost identical.) Suppose the year's first Full Moon in January rises at 6 p.m.. The September minimum is caused by the small angle that the ecliptic makes with the eastern horizon in early autumn. Will martian farmers enjoy a brilliant "Harvest Moon" like their counterparts on Earth? Mars has two diminutive asteroid-like satellites: Phobos and Deimos.
The extra dose of lighting afforded by the full Moon closest to the equinox is what gives the Harvest Moon its name.
In the southern hemisphere, this week's full Moon behaves in exactly the opposite way: there will be an extra long time between moonrises from one evening to the next.