Hopes for clear skies to spot tonight's spooky Harvest moon

Stargazers are hoping for clearer skies offering a view of tonight's Harvest moon.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 16th September 2016, 1:37 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th October 2016, 2:06 pm
Harvest moon
Harvest moon

The famous astrological phenomenon is arriving after days of mist and fog, followed by heavy rain, thunder and lighting.

This evening will remain warm with long clear periods, following this afternoon's sun. It will feel much cooler than in recent nights, so if you are planning on sitting outside to catch tonight's spectacle, you might want a winter duvet

The Harvest moon is the name for the full moon that is closest to the Autumn equinox and this year's Harvest moon.

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It also coincides tonight with a penumbral eclipse - when the moon passes through the outer part of the earth's shadow, creating a noticeable shady corner of the full moon - creating a spooky effect.

A Met Office spokesman said: "The full-looking bright moon will ascend over your eastern horizon no matter where you are around the time of sunset on the 16 September. During the middle of the night, it will climb to its highest point in the sky when it is opposite the sun.

"Gazers will be looking for clear, cloudless skies to have the best possible chance of seeing the Harvest Moon; ideally a location away from light pollution will be of benefit. "

The moon will be visible to the naked eye for around four hours, reaching optimum visibility at 7:54pm BST.