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What’s Unusual About Tonight’s Harvest Moon

Every full moon has traditional names coming from folklore around the world.  The Harvest Moon is among the best known, but there’s something unusual about this year’s version.

The Harvest Moon typically rises in September, while October’s full moon is usually known as the Hunter’s Moon.  The Harvest Moon is actually the full moon closest to the fall equinox, which this year was on September 22.  That makes tonight’s full moon a rare October Harvest Moon.

Credit: Inga Sarda-Sorensen? @isardasorensen

Tonight’s Harvest Moon rises over three San Francisco landmarks: The spires of Sts Peter & Paul, the Bay Bridge and Coit Tower.

READ MORE:  National Geographic

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