Spectacular Harvest Moon appears in October sky for first time since 2009

Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Bradford Telegraph and Argus

According to Space.com, the term "Harvest Moon" refers to the full moon that falls nearest to the autumnal equinox, which occurred September 22.

Other full moons rise about an hour after sunset but the harvest moon rises just 20 minutes after.

The Harvest Moon is what the full moon is called when it happens within two weeks of the autumnal equinox.

Last year's harvest moon was a supermoon, as the moon was especially close to Earth. EarthSky points out that the September 6 full moon happened too early to be the "official" Harvest Moon.

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

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

According to one online source, the harvest moon takes its name from the abundance of bright moonlight the full moon provides at this time of year and its aid in helping farmers harvest their summer-grown crops.

By Wright's calculations, roughly one in four harvest moons rise in October.

Be aware that the moon looks the biggest when it's lowest in the sky, so early in the night is the best time to see it.

Even without a telescope, it's possible to see many features on the surface of the moon.

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