Plenty to see tonight 'on this Harvest Moon'

Audrey Hill
October 8, 2017

Other full moons rise about an hour after sunset but the harvest moon rises just 20 minutes after. Usually it occurs before the equinox in September but, in 2017, the Harvest Moon will actually be in October.

This provides extra light and makes it easier for farmers to see what they are doing while harvesting crops. EarthSky points out that the September 6 full moon happened too early to be the "official" Harvest Moon.

The name Harvest Moon dates from when farmers needed bright light to extend the working day.

This year, the Harvest Moon will take place tonight - on October 5.

The qualities of the harvest moon - the full moon that rises closest to the autumn equinox - include it appearing full, large and orange for several days around its appearance, which was Thursday.

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Be aware that the moon looks the biggest when it's lowest in the sky, so early in the night is the best time to see it.

But if you missed it Thursday, never fear: The moon will be nearly full through the weekend, unless cloud cover gets in the way, according to USA Today.

The Harvest Moon fell in September a year ago.

It's something you can appreciate without any high-tech camera or telescope gear.

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