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Moonlight in the city: Harvest Moon captured on social media

Moonlight in the city: Harvest Moon captured on social media”

Fall has been here for a few weeks already, and stargazers were treated last night to an October Harvest Moon.

The full Moon, observable to anyone in the northern hemisphere, was clearly visible across much of the United Kingdom thanks to largely clear skies.

What is referred to as the Harvest Moon is basically the closest full moon to the autumn equinox.

Pete Lawrence, The Telegraph's Night Sky columnist, explains: "Normally, the Harvest Moon is September's full Moon".

Harvest moons get their name from their ability to light up fields for farmers working late to wrap up their harvest before winter, according to ABC News.

Beyond that, there's not much that differentiates harvest moons from regular moons - beyond the time of year.

Even without a telescope, it's possible to see many features on the surface of the moon.

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