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Rare October Harvest Moon Rises Thursday Night

06 Octubre 2017, 01:51 | Benedicto Grullon

Rare Harvest Moon rises on 5th of October

Harvest Moon 2017: When and how to see autumn's full moon

The harvest moon is the first full moon after the autumn equinox, a point where the day and the night are of roughly equal length, which fell on September 22nd this year. National Geographic says that with so little darkness between sunset and moonrise, farmers could work later into the night harvesting crops.

According to the Royal Museums Greenwich, the people in the ancient period also used to call the Harvest Moon as Blood Moon or Hunter's Moon.

During a regular month, the moon normally rises about 50 minutes later each day.

Yes, you read that correctly: the Harvest Moon arrives tomorrow, an atypically late date for the moniker that is usually applied to September's full moon.

What is a harvest moon? Prior to that there was one in 2006. The planets will appear just 2/5ths of a moon-width apart, low on the eastern sky, just before the sun rises.

This is because Native American tribes kept track of the months of the year by the lunar calendar.

The first day of fall is widely known as autumn equinox and this is it took place on September 22.

That moon gained its name from the rapidly dropping temperatures of the season.

Despite its name, don't be expecting a pink moon.

The best views of Thursday's full moon will be in the West, South and Northeast.

This year, the full Sturgeon Moon took place on August 7 at 7.10pm.

The full moon may look orange as it first rises.

But over the years, that means most Harvest Moons fall in September.

November's is usually the Beaver Moon, named for the beaver traps set as winter falls.

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