LabRoots Announces the Harvest Moon Image Contest

January 17, 2014 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News
YORBA LINDA, CA - LabRoots, the professional networking and collaboration site for scientists, announced they have opened a new contest showcasing images of the Full Moon. The contest is now open and will end February 28th of this year. LabRoots would like to highlight the beauty of the Moon and is asking members to submit their favorite photos. LabRoots is offering a $250 Amazon gift card to the winner with the image that receives the most votes from viewers.

The moon will always remain one of the world's mystical wonders. Although man has made it to the moon, there is still so much to learn. One phase of the Moon that has been widely studied is the peculiar phenomenon called the Harvest Moon. This is one of the most magical times of the year when the Moon is in its fullest form after positioning itself opposite the Sun. Not only does it mark the autumnal equinox but it also gives moon gazers a vibrant treat. Many cultures around the world celebrate this time of the year when the full moon beams brightly, lighting up the September sky.

The Harvest Moon orbits around the earth in an angle making it appear low and closer to the horizon, often times in a reddish, orange shade. The word equinox is Latin for "equal night," resulting in an early moonrise. Normally the moon will rise about 50 minutes later each day but after the first full moon occurs, it will rise about 30 minutes later than usual for several days. The moon will also appear to be larger when it's going through this transition. This will also last a few days after the initial full moon around the equinox season.

The name "Harvest Moon" derives from the farmers in the Northern Hemisphere, since it provided them with longer sunlight during the day. The term was later popularized through a song called "Shine On Harvest Moon," written by Nora Baynes and Jack Norworth in the 20th century. The Harvest Moon has sprung up in many songs, poems and artwork since then. is holding the photo contest for its online community, allowing you the opportunity to submit your astonishing full moon or Harvest Moon shots. Be sure to let your friends know to vote for your photo for a chance to win a $250 Amazon gift card. Once you have submitted your image, the online LabRoots community will then vote for the winning photo. Make sure to add enough details to your image so the viewers can express their thoughts and comment. The person with the most votes will be selected as the winner, which will be announced on February 28, 2014.

If you are not already a member, register free at to enter. Please see Contest Rules and Terms & Conditions when you apply.

Founded in 2008, LabRoots was created to connect all things science on a worldwide level. By using their professional networking platform to connect people globally, LabRoots purpose is to be the leader for providing scientific ideology and unique perspectives from around the world within one reliable source. For more information visit: