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Harvest Moon rises tonight

Posted at 3:28 PM, Sep 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-14 18:00:08-05
Harvest Moon 2016
A plane heading to Los Angeles International Airport crosses the Harvest Moon on Sept. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

The first full moon after Saturday night’s Autumnal Equinox will peak at 8:52 pm this evening. This full moon is typically called a “Harvest Moon”.

This moon signals a time for harvesting crops and the changing seasons. In the days before electricity, it was important for farmers to use the bright full moonlight to increase the length of their work day to get the harvest in even as actual daylight hours were shrinking.

This moon tends to rise big and bright on the eastern horizon for several nights in a row around or just after the time of sunset. This timing and angle help the moon to look full for a longer period of time.

The moon will rise at 7:06 pm, about 10-15 minutes after sunset. The moon will technically be at its fullest at 8:52 pm before setting to the west at 7:12 am, about 20 minutes or so after sunrise.

If you’re hoping to catch a glimpse you might have a few clouds to deal with overnight. Winds will also be breezy to windy this evening and late tonight into Tuesday morning as a cold front arrives.

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