Full harvest moon rises Friday night

Sept. 16, 2016: The full Harvest Moon appeared in the sky Friday. It is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox each year.

Friday’s full moon is a special one - it will be this year’s Harvest Moon.

The full moon closest to the autumnal equinox is deemed the Harvest Moon because farmers are able to work well into the night to harvest their crops by the full moon’s light.

The Harvest Moon will also undergo an eclipse Friday, but it won’t be visible to viewers in the United States. Don’t worry, you won’t be missing much.

A “penumbral” eclipse will take place Friday night when the moon moves through the outer fringe of the Earth’s shadow, causing a “shading” effect on part of the moon.

Best viewing locations will be in Africa, Asia and Australia. The next lunar eclipse that will be visible to parts of the U.S. will be in February 2017.

(© 2016 WBIR)


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