Lunar eclipse to accompany full harvest moon Friday afternoon

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Farmers and astronomers alike will be looking at the skies Friday night for the full harvest moon. If you live across either big ocean, you can also watch a “subtle” lunar eclipse.

The harvest moon is often signals the coming of autumn. It also is when the moon is exactly opposite of the sun in the sky, according to Space.com.

It’s also served to help farmers harvest their crops every year. The moon stays up when the sun goes down. This helps farmers work at night under full moonlight before it makes way for the sun in the morning.

That’s not all that makes the harvest moon different from an ordinary moon. The harvest moon will usually rise about the same time every night for a few weeks.

This year, a “minor penumbral lunar eclipse” will accompany the harvest moon. That means the sun, Earth, and moon will almost be perfectly aligned. Part, but not all, of the moon’s light from the sun will be blocked.

Want to see the harvest moon and minor lunar eclipse? If you’re in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and the Western Pacific, you’ll be in luck. The harvest moon and eclipse will take place at 3:05 p.m. EDT.

For the rest of us, you can watch the harvest moon rise through a webstream from the Slooh Community Observatory.

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