STATES CHRONICLE- The Harvest Moon is a natural phenomenon that happens every year, and it is the full moon closest to the equinox. This happens every autumn, usually in September but can also occur in early October. This phenomenon makes it look like it is a full moon for several days in a row due to the fact that the moon goes closer to the sun.
This year the Harvest Moon Lunar Eclipse happened on 16 September, Friday night and only some lucky people could witness it. People from Asia, Australia, and Africa could also see the lunar eclipse.
The Lunar eclipse happens when the Moon passes near the Earth’s shadow. This shadow makes the moon look darker for only a few minutes.
The Lunar eclipse is not easy to see to the naked eye, but many people saw it and took photos to remember this rare image.
The Harvest Moon happens every year but this combined with the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse is a rare event.
The Lunar eclipse is not such an uncommon thing; it can happen very often as scientist say. The thing that made this one special was that it happened at the same time as the Harvest Moon.
If you missed this lunar eclipse, there are many more to come. For instance, the first to arrive will be next year, on February 11. This one, unlike last week’s eclipse, can be seen from America, Europe, Asia and Africa. This penumbral eclipse only happens when it is a full moon.
Another partial eclipse will take place on August 7, 2017. During this type of eclipse, the moon and the Earth are not totally aligned, and this is why the moon is only covered in some parts by the Earth’s shadow.
A total eclipse will happen in 2018 on January 31. The total eclipse means that the moon will be almost all covered by the Earth’s shadow, making it go from a natural bright to a dim gray. This eclipse will be seen from Australia, Asia, North America and the Pacific Ocean.
It is called the Harvest Moon because it helps the farmers that are doing some late work by illuminating their fields during the fall season.
Have you seen the Harvest Moon this year?
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