Harvest Moon To Occur Thursday Night October 5, 2017

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Eyes to the skies will get the chance to catch the Harvest Moon on Thursday night, with favorable weather conditions locally.

The Harvest Moon, the full moon closest to the autumn equinox, can come anywhere from two weeks before to two weeks after the autumn equinox according to EarthSky.org. The Harvest Moon often appears reddish or orangish, which is caused by clouds and dust in the sky.

So why is it called the Harvest Moon? According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, “For several evenings, the moonrise comes soon after sunset. This results in an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening, which was a traditional aide to farmers and crews harvesting their summer-grown crops.”

Locally, the skies are forecast to be clear both Thursday night and Friday night before rain moves in for the weekend.

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