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Did you see the Harvest Moon on Thursday?


According to one online source, the harvest moon takes its name from the abundance of bright moonlight the full moon provides at this time of year and its aid in helping farmers harvest their summer-grown crops.

Usually, the harvest moon occurs in September.

During fall, the moon rises slightly sooner than average and at a narrower angle, making it appear to be dramatically fuller and more orange than usual.

It is the name given to the first full moon after the autumn equinox - when the sun shines nearly directly over the equator. Sometimes, they did this by the light of the moon.

What is referred to as the Harvest Moon is basically the closest full moon to the autumn equinox.

While the Harvest Moon only occurs once a year, its benefits continue on for several nights.

"The previous one was in 2009, but the one before that was 2006, and the next one will be in 2020", Ernie Wright, scientist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, told National Geographic.

The full Moon, observable to anyone in the northern hemisphere, was clearly visible across much of the United Kingdom thanks to largely clear skies.

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

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