Over the moon flight at Changi

Gwen Vasquez
October 8, 2017

The harvest moon - photographed from Wootton on the Isle of Wight - is the one closest to the autumn equinox.

During fall, the moon rises slightly sooner than average and at a narrower angle, making it appear to be dramatically fuller and more orange than usual.

Usually it occurs before the equinox in September, but it rose later this year.

Beyond that, there's not much that differentiates harvest moons from regular moons - beyond the time of year.

The full Moon, observable to anyone in the northern hemisphere, was clearly visible across much of the United Kingdom thanks to largely clear skies. There's something special about a harvest moon.

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In some traditions, farmers see this as a sign that their crops are ready to be harvested.

After rising around sunset, tonight's harvest moon will climb to its highest point around midnight and set in the west around sunrise.

While October is usually reserved for the Hunter's Moon, this year, we're getting a late Harvest Moon.

But if you missed it Thursday, never fear: The moon will be nearly full through the weekend, unless cloud cover gets in the way, according to USA Today.

When it gets up into the centre of the sky, it will be shining a brilliant white.

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