Published: Sun, October 08, 2017
Sci-tech | By Javier West

October Harvest Moon Rare Sight to See

October Harvest Moon Rare Sight to See

The harvest moon - photographed from Wootton on the Isle of Wight - is the one closest to the autumn equinox.

In addition to appearing an orangish hue as it first rises, the harvest moon tends to bring a succession of brighter nights, as fuller moons rise nearly immediately after the sun sets in the Northern Hemisphere.

In the past, the Harvest Moon symbolised when farmers would need to start gathering in the food to prepare for the lean winter months. This has it typically appearing with September's full moon, but it can also appear in October, which is this case this year.

This particular moon is named for its importance to farmers who may have relied on the bright moon to bring in the last of the crops.

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

"The harvest moon is a full moon, but not one that really provides any specific unique-viewing opportunity - other than that you might have great observing from a pumpkin patch", says Andrea Jones, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter public engagement lead at NASA told National Geographic.

Tonight, in the South Okanagan, the harvest moon rises in the east - at about 86 degrees - at 6:54 p.m.

This year's harvest moon is expected to appear in full until early Saturday morning. The last time this happened was in 2009.

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