Harvest Moon 2017: When and how to see October's full moon

Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Bradford Telegraph and Argus

A Harvest Moon occurs once a year and is the result of a full moon appearing close to the autumnal equinox.

We want the youngsters to learn to love the harvest moon as much as we do.

While most harvest moons occur in September, an October harvest moon isn't necessarily rare.

Last year's harvest moon was a supermoon, as the moon was especially close to Earth.

The Harvest Moon 2017 is actually the first time in several years that the event has taken place in October.

It was celebrated in a song, "Shine On Harvest Moon" written by vaudeville team Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth and covered by scores of musicians, including Leon Redbone.

In some Native American cultures, the harvest moon is referred to as the travel moon, dying grass moon or blood moon. The term has been used in Europe as far back as the 18th century.

"The harvest moon is a full moon, but not one that really provides any specific unique-viewing opportunity - other than that you might have great observing from a pumpkin patch", says Andrea Jones, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter public engagement lead at NASA told National Geographic. "The moon is a very obvious timekeeper for ancient civilizations".

A few WAVY viewers caught photos of an orange-tinted moon Thursday and Friday morning.