Friday's Harvest Moon Comes With Eclipse—for Some

Those in North America out of luck on the eclipse part
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2016 11:33 AM CDT
Friday's Harvest Moon Comes With Eclipse—for Some
It's harvest moon time.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Skywatchers can witness a rare sight Friday night, though people in North America will have to settle for doing so via the Internet. The part everyone can see: It will be a full moon, and because this one falls closed to the fall equinox, it's called a harvest moon (the better for farmers of yore to harvest their crops, as legend has it). What's more, it coincides with a small lunar eclipse, though that part will be visible only in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia, reports

Still, it will be the last harvest moon eclipse until 2024, reports National Geographic. During the show, only the upper part of the moon will be slightly shaded in what's known as a penumbral eclipse. Not in the viewing area? Watch it here. (Read more lunar eclipse stories.)

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