The Harvest Moon rises tonight. Here’s where skies will be transparent to see it.

Last year’s Harvest Moon rose adult in luminosity behind a U.S. Capitol. This year’s rises Thursday at 7:04 p.m. in Washington. (Kevin Ambrose)

A certain pointer that tumble is here: The Harvest Moon will arise on Thursday night. Every full moon has a name secure in several cultures and traditions. The Harvest Moon is a full moon closest to the autumnal equinox. Usually it occurs in September, though it can be as late as Oct. 7.

The name stems from accurately what you’d expect. Its entrance in a sky was a pointer to farmers that it was time to move in a bushels, and it authorised for a longer, brighter twilight.

Though “Harvest Moon” is a many renouned name for a one that rises in October, interjection to a Celtic and Cherokee traditions, there are many some-more monikers for a autumn full moon:

  • Hunter’s Moon (Colonial American)
  • Blood Moon (Neo-pagan, Wiccan and English Medieval)
  • Kindly Moon (Chinese)
  • Blackberry Moon (Choctaw)
  • Moon When Quilling and Beading Is Done (Dakota Sioux)

If we need more reasons to demeanour up during a night sky, you’ll see Saturn to a southwest, brightening as twilight fades to dark. If you’re an early riser on Thursday, you’ll see Venus really splendid and low in a eastern sky. If we squeeze a span of binoculars, you’ll be means to see Mars really tighten to a top right.

There’s nothing inherently different about this sold full moon, though it competence demeanour a small orange. When the moon initial appears on a horizon, a light has to pass by a really thick covering of a atmosphere — most thicker than what it passes by when a moon is high in a sky. When light passes by a vast stretch in Earth’s atmosphere, a particles in a atmosphere separate blue light divided and let yellow, orange and red through. This is because a moon might seem orange when it’s tighten to a horizon.

The Harvest Moon will continue to arise in a entrance days nearby a time of sunset, only like it would on a standard full-moon night. The moon itself won’t be full, as it will start to decline immediately after a impulse of arise fullness, though a timing will make it seem as if there’s a full moon 3 nights in a row.

What time does a Harvest Moon rise?

  • Boston — 6:39 p.m.
  • New York City — 6:52 p.m.
  • Philadelphia — 6:57 p.m.
  • Washington, D.C. — 7:04 p.m.
  • Atlanta — 7:36 p.m.
  • Chicago — 6:48 p.m.
  • Denver — 6:59 p.m.
  • Los Angeles — 6:55 p.m.
  • Seattle — 7:07 p.m.

Will there be clouds?

The Central U.S., Mid-Atlantic and Florida have a top possibility of clouds on Thursday evening, though breaks will be possible.

Cloud foresee for Thursday during 8 p.m. from a European model. (

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