Friday, 24 November, 2017

The Harvest Moon can be seen tonight

Spectacular Harvest Moon appears in October sky for first time since 2009 Harvest Moon 2017: When and how to see October's full moon
Clarence Schmidt | 08 October, 2017, 01:45

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.

The Harvest Moon for 2017 is on its way!

And because the moon's orbit is slightly tilted compared to Earth's, for a handful of days around the autumnal equinox the moon rises closer to sunset in much of the US, according to National Geographic.

The harvest moon is so called because for centuries, farmers waited for it so they could gather in crops to prepare for winter, using its bright light to extend the working day. This year's harvest moon marks the first time since 2009 the harvest moon has arced across an October sky. The next time that we'll see a Harvest Moon in October is 2020, National Geographic notes.

The Harvest Moon fell in September past year.

You may have seen it hovering in the night sky. The Hunter's Moon will take place on November 3.

If the weather is clear, we should get an incredible view of the full moon.

No, although the moon's elliptical orbit around the Earth means that, sometimes, it can appear slightly bigger - this isn't one of those times.

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