FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — The Harvest Moon or the closest full moon to the autumnal equinox will shine bright in the night sky this week.
It is called the Harvest Moon because back in the day before tractor lights, the moon helped farmers harvest their crops as it shined brightly through the night.
Most of the time, the Harvest Moon falls in September but this is one of those times that it falls in October.
In addition to the “Harvest Moon,” Thursday's full Moon is sometimes known as the “Dying Grass Moon” and the Chuseok festival Moon. It’s also the first of two full Moons in October (more about that soon). Meanwhile, hear more Moon lore at: https://t.co/SW67b8qDRv pic.twitter.com/WrnJt2nJQA
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The moon will be at its peak at 5:05 p.m. Thursday, October 1, 2020.
However, you won’t be able to see it in the sky over northeast Indiana until about 7:20 p.m.
A system will bring rain and clouds to the region Thursday.
There is a chance that the clouds could break apart after nightfall.
It certainly won’t be a cloudless night and temperatures near moonrise will be in the lower 50s.
If you happen to be outside snapping pictures of the moon, you will also see a planet next to it!
It’s Mercury and it will be to the left of the moon.
If you missed the full moon, it will appear full though at least Saturday morning.
Another full moon will appear later in the month, on Halloween