Harvest Moon 2017: What Is It? When Is It?

08 October, 2017, 00:09 | Author: Sam Montgomery
  • Spectacular Harvest Moon appears in October sky for first time since 2009

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

Other full moons rise about an hour after sunset but the harvest moon rises just 20 minutes after. This has it typically appearing with September's full moon, but it can also appear in October, which is this case this year.

Last year's harvest moon was a supermoon, as the moon was especially close to Earth. This year's harvest moon marks the first time since 2009 the harvest moon has arced across an October sky.

The harvest moon is captured rising above the Solent from the Isle of Wight.

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In some traditions, farmers see this as a sign that their crops are ready to be harvested. The next time that we'll see a Harvest Moon in October is 2020, National Geographic notes.

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.

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

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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