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The Harvest Moon can be seen tonight

08 October 2017, 12:07 | Ross Houston

Harvest Moon 2017 When and how to see October’s full moon

Harvest Moon 2017 When and how to see October’s full moon

Besides virtually coinciding with the equinox, the moon rises about 15 to 20 minutes earlier than usual for several days before and after the Harvest moon.

In the past, the Harvest Moon symbolised when farmers would need to start gathering in the food to prepare for the lean winter months. But, depending on the timing of the equinox and the regular lunar cycle, the first full moon closest to the equinox can sometimes be in October, as happened this year.

This particular moon is named for its importance to farmers who may have relied on the bright moon to bring in the last of the crops. The next time that we'll see a Harvest Moon in October is 2020, National Geographic notes.

Thursday's evening sky will feature a "harvest" moon, the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox.

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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.

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

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

Of course, if you have a decent 'scope or pair of binoculars, it will make the moon look even more impressive.

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