Published: Fri, October 06, 2017
Research | By Derrick Holloway

Don't Miss The Magnificent Harvest Moon Rising Over BC Tonight

Don't Miss The Magnificent Harvest Moon Rising Over BC Tonight

Don't forget to look up at the sky Thursday night to catch a rare October harvest moon.

The event will mark the first October full moon in a decade.

Amateur photographers have been out in force trying to capture images of the annual phenomenon, which is the first full moon that takes place closest to the Autumn equinox.

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October's full moon is known as the Harvest Moon because of it occurring at a time when crops were brought in and harvested for winter. But this year, September's early full moon, visible on September 6, was dubbed the Corn Moon instead, and the moniker "Harvest Moon" was held for October.

The full moon itself isn't actually any different than other full moons seen throughout the year.

And although the moon will appear bigger, it's just your eyes playing tricks on you. This will be the 10th full moon of 2017.

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Harvest Moon's often appear redder than usual in moonrise, scientists say, because of the moon's low angle of rise.

Each month's Full Moon comes with a special name - Wolf Moon in January and Strawberry Moon in July are just two examples. The moon may appear unusually large when it is near the horizon, giving it that fun, nearly mystical appearance that goes well with the special name.

Here's a preview of tonight's moon via Twitter. The darker blues indicate clearer skies, while the darker grays signal the probability of more clouds.

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When the sun starts to set in the west Thursday evening, put your back to it and look east to spot the full moon.

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