Harvest moon makes first October appearance since 2009

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According to Space.com, the term "Harvest Moon" refers to the full moon that falls nearest to the autumnal equinox, which occurred September 22. The orange glow comes from light being scattered through the Earth's atmosphere, like during sunsets and sunrises.

The name Harvest Moon dates from when farmers needed bright light to extend the working day.

For us in the Northern Hemisphere, the Harvest Moon is rising late this year.

We want the youngsters to learn to love the harvest moon as much as we do.

In the past, the Harvest Moon symbolised when farmers would need to start gathering in the food to prepare for the lean winter months.

While the Harvest Moon only occurs once a year, its benefits continue on for several nights. Eastern Time, but won't cross our skies until 7:21 p.m. EarthSky points out that the September 6 full moon happened too early to be the "official" Harvest Moon.

"The previous one was in 2009, but the one before that was 2006, and the next one will be in 2020", Ernie Wright, scientist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, told National Geographic.

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