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Published: Fri, October 06, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Thursday's full moon a Harvest, Hunters Moon

Thursday's full moon a Harvest, Hunters Moon

When farmers had to process entire fields without the high-tech machines they have today, working through the night was a reality of the job. This phenomena is referred to as the moon illusion and scientists to this day can't figure out an answer.

In addition to appearing an orangish hue as it first rises, the harvest moon tends to bring a succession of brighter nights, as fuller moons rise nearly immediately after the sun sets in the Northern Hemisphere. It usually occurs in September, such as last year's harvest moon that rose on Sept. 16.

The Farmer's Almanac explains that this early October full moon is usually called the Hunter's moon.

As National Geographic explains, that hasn't happened since 2009; it will happen again in 2020.

The moon will be full as it rises in the eastern sky Thursday. The darker blues indicate clearer skies, while the darker grays signal the probability of more clouds. The name of the moon, however, may vary, depending on which culture's literature you consult.

North America's moon nicknames are adapted from American Indian terms for the moons.

In 2018, the pink moon rises at 1.37pm on March 31 - and Easter Sunday falls on April 1.

May's is the Flower Moon, because of the flowers that are in full bloom. Each name denotes something about the season or month in which the full moon arrives.

July's is the Buck Moon, named for the bucks which begin to grow antlers in that month. Most of the names now in popular use were coined by members of the Algonquin tribes, who once lived throughout New England and the Great Lakes area.

Plus, since it rises at sunset, the harvest moon often takes on an orange-ish hue. The timing of this year's Harvest Moon is unusual because Harvest Moon generally comes in September.

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