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Rare October Harvest Moon Will Illuminate Night Sky Thursday

06 Octubre 2017, 04:42 | Verda Sainz

The harvest moon in October could have a distinctive reddish-orange cast

The harvest moon in October could have a distinctive reddish-orange cast

EACH month we are treated to a full moon but there are many different types of moons we can see during the year. In North America, the Harvest Moon refers to the first full moon after the autumnal equinox, which took place on September 22.

Depending on the weather in your area, the Moon may appear to be much redder than it usually is. A bright full moon in September or October provided farmers with ample light to work in the fields, and so the name of the harvest moon was born.

Most years the September full moon is called the harvest moon, but some years the October full moon gets that nickname. About one year out of five on average has the Harvest Moon during October. As reported by National Geographic, October's first harvest moon in nearly a decade will be gracing the heavens with its presence.


The Expert team at EarthSky said, "Probably sprang to the lips of farmers throughout the Northern hemisphere, on autumn evenings, as the Harvest Moon aided in bringing in the crops". This a special time of year when the length of time between successive moon rises reaches a yearly low.

When the harvest moon rises on October 5, it will look very large, and it will likely be reddish-orange in color.

November's is usually the Beaver Moon, named for the beaver traps set as winter falls. For starters, the harvest moon generally appears in the sky in September after the autumnal equinox.


In fact if you add those things together the moon sometimes can look like a "great pumpkin". This means that it looks like multiple days in a row of a full moon rising with the setting sun.

This moon name came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox - one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring.




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