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Stargazers are in for a treat on Thursday when the harvest moon lights up in the sky.

NASA says on its website, “The next full moon is visible on Earth on Thursday (October 1, 2020)” at 5:05 pm on Earth (longitude on Earth). “” The moon will appear full for about three days at this time, from Wednesday morning to Saturday morning. “

According to the Old Farmer’s almanac, the harvesting moon is near the beginning of the full moon or the autumn equinox.

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“Farmers sometimes need to work from moonlight to late night during the harvest season,” NASA reported on its website. “The full moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for a few nights around the Harvest Moon, the moon rises at about the same time: just 25 to 30 minutes later across North America, and only 10 20 minutes later in Canada. And northward into Europe.

A passenger aircraft, showing a full Harvest Moon, makes its final landing approach towards Heathrow Airport on October 5, 2017 in London, UK - file photo.  REUTERS / Toby Melville

A passenger aircraft, showing a full Harvest Moon, makes its final landing approach towards Heathrow Airport on October 5, 2017 in London, UK – file photo. REUTERS / Toby Melville
(REUTERS / Toby Melville)

October is also a “Blue Moon” month, according to the space agency, the second full moon, or “Blue Moon”, occurs on October 31. “In recent years, people have been using the name Blue Moon for another. Two full moons in a single calendar month,” NASA said. “An old definition of Blue Moon is that it is four full in a single season. Is the third of the moons. ”

Last year, the harvest moon fell on Friday 13 September. The full moon was the first time on Friday the 13th for nearly 20 years.

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Last month’s full moon, which occurred on 2 September, was the full corn moon.

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