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Don't miss the Harvest Moon

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 11:54 AM -

Sunday marks the official start of autumn -- and ahead of the change of the season, skywatchers will have something to look out for.

The Harvest Moon of 2013 will reach its full illumination Wednesday evening, which is a bit early compared to previous years.

In the southern hemisphere, it will occur Thursday evening.

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"A Harvest Moon is a term for the full moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox," explains Gina Ressler, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

The phenomenon got its name from a time in agriculture. Before electric lights were created, farmers relied on the moon's glow to continue their work day in the field.

Unfortunately, not everyone will catch a glimpse of this year's Harvest Moon.

"Southern Quebec and Atlantic Canada will have fairly clear skies Wednesday evening," Ressler says, "but in southern Ontario, there may be some cloud cover. Sadly, northern Ontario and the west coast are looking at cloudy skies -- but there may be a chance for some breaks in parts of B.C. and Alberta."

(NASA)

(NASA)

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