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Harvest Moon Was In Full Bloom Yesterday, Last Full Moon Before Autumnal Equinox

Harvest Moon Was In Full Bloom Yesterday, Last Full Moon Before Autumnal Equinox

09/19/2013

The Harvest Moon, the last full moon before the autumnal equinox, rose into the skies on Wednesday evening and set on Thursday morning.

During the middle of the night, when the moon was as its highest point, was the best time to catch a glimpse of the incredible sight for those located on Earth’s Northern Hemisphere. On Thursday, the slightly less full Harvest Moon will be visible, as it appears completely full in Asia.

The Harvest Moon got its name from its role in agricultural prior to the advent of electric lighting, according to Space.com. The bright celestial body’s glow enabled Northern Hemisphere farmers to continue harvesting into the long hours of the night.

In some years, the Harvest Moon appears to be orange. Clouds and dust in the atmosphere that’s near the horizon cause the spectacular sight, which resembles a festive pumpkin.

– Chelsea Regan

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