The Harvest Moon can be seen tonight

Bradford Telegraph and Argus

The harvest moon is so called because for centuries, farmers waited for it so they could gather in crops to prepare for winter, using its bright light to extend the working day.

NASA officials say seeing a harvest moon is October is rare, since it usually comes a month earlier.

We want the youngsters to learn to love the harvest moon as much as we do. EarthSky points out that the September 6 full moon happened too early to be the "official" Harvest Moon.

This year, the Harvest Moon will take place tonight - on October 5.

That usually falls on - or near - September 22, meaning harvest moons are usually in September, too.

The full Moon, observable to anyone in the northern hemisphere, was clearly visible across much of the United Kingdom thanks to largely clear skies.

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

In some Native American cultures, the harvest moon is referred to as the travel moon, dying grass moon or blood moon. The moon gets its name because it rises shortly after sunset.

It's something you can appreciate without any high-tech camera or telescope gear. This effect sometimes occurs when you glimpse the moon when it is close to the horizon.

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