The Harvest Moon to Grace in the Sky on 5th October, 2017

The Harvest Moon has been rising since a week, as the first full moon is too closed to the autumnal equinox of this year that is expected to be arrived on 5th October. In addition, the clear skies can give an amazing treat to the nighttime sky-watchers on Thursday.

The moon will be transforming into the striking phenomenon this week that often seems like a giant orange-orb, which is named as Harvest Moon. This great event gets a name, i.e. Harvest Moon by the farmers, who used to get guidance from this full moon when they gathered the crops.

The period of shorter days and longer nights is indicated by the autumnal equinox, while the Harvest Moon used to provide a better light at the time before the invention of tractors.

According to the Royal Museums Greenwich, the people in the ancient period also used to call the Harvest Moon as Blood Moon or Hunter’s Moon. When the moon gets colored like a deep red hue, it was said to be the Blood Moon that is basically associated with the lunar eclipse. However, these all are not going to be happened on this upcoming Harvest Moon.

EarthSky stated while explaining about the orange color of the moon, “The orange color of a moon near the horizon is a true physical effect. It stems from the fact that – when you look toward the horizon – you are looking through a greater thickness of Earth’s atmosphere than when you gaze up and overhead. The atmosphere scatters blue light – that’s why the sky looks blue. The greater thickness of atmosphere in the direction of a horizon scatters blue light most effectively, but it lets red light pass through to your eyes. So a moon near the horizon takes on a yellow or orange or reddish hue.”

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