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Harvest moon: your photos


Staff writers

September 29, 2012 — Stargazers across the country got a glimpse of the harvest moon Saturday and Sunday evening. We've put together a collection of the best photos.

Get your cameras ready!
Get your cameras ready!

Stargazers in the northern hemisphere were treated to quite the scene in the sky this past weekend. 

The Harvest Moon, the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox, rose Saturday and Sunday night. Hundreds of Canadians across the country uploaded their photos of the moon to our website. 

While it often looks vibrant, the harvest moon is not necessarily larger, brighter or more orange-coloured than other moons. It may have a different appearance because of its location in the sky. 

After the full harvest moon, you'll see the moon rising in the east just after sunset at northerly latitudes, making it seem like the full moon continues for several nights in a row. 

According to The Farmer's Almanac, the harvest moon was named because it marked when the corn was to be harvested. At the peak of harvest, before tractor lights, farmers worked by the the light of the moon to gather their crops. 

Another name for the harvest moon is the full corn moon. 

When the harvest moon arrives on the same night as the autumn equinox, it is called the super harvest moon.

The last time a super harvest moon occurred was in 2010, and it won't occur again until 2029. The next full moon after the harvest moon is called the hunter's moon, which will be visible on Oct. 29, 2012.

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