MUST SEE: Photos of this week's Harvest Moon
Friday, October 6, 2017, 2:00 PM - If cloud cover blocked your view of the Harvest Moon Thursday, Canadians can catch a glimpse of the next best thing Friday night.
Although technically the October Full Moon was at full phase Thursday night, it will still be 98.6 per cent "full" Friday evening.
Each month's Full Moon comes with a special name -- Wolf Moon in January and Strawberry Moon in July are just two examples. However, the title of Harvest Moon is a special one. Rather than being the Full Moon of a specific month, it is the closest to the fall equinox.
Usually, this means that the September Full Moon, which is refereed to as the Full Corn Moon in the Farmer’s Almanac, is also called the Harvest Moon. In 2017, however, with Full Moons occurring on Sept. 6 and Oct. 5, and the equinox being on Sept. 22, the October Full Moon is the closest to the equinox.
The last time this happened was in 2009, when we saw Full Moons on Sept. 4 and Oct. 4. It will happen again in 2020, when the September and October Full Moons happen on the 2nd and 1st, respectively.
Consequently, the title "Hunter's Moon" -- the Full Moon following the Harvest Moon -- which usually takes place in October, will be on Nov. 4.
The last time the Harvest Moon perfectly coincided with the autumnal equinox was in 2010 and this won't happen again until 2029.
Depending on the weather in your area, the Moon may appear to be much redder than it usually is. This can be caused by smoke, dust or haze in the atmosphere. The Moon may also look bigger than usual.
When the Moon is seen low on the horizon, the human eye and brain combine to create an optical illusion known as the Moon Illusion, as they struggle to compare such a large, distant object to the much closer objects on the ground. When the Moon is higher in the sky, with no other closer objects nearby, it appears smaller. Cover the moon with a dime at arm's length, both when it is at the horizon and high in the sky, and you will see there is no difference.
The best of the Harvest Moon below:
Image courtesy of Pat Zdebiak -- Tofield, Alberta
Image courtesy of Fiona M Donnelly -- Port Elmsley, Ontario
Image courtesy of Lori Broadhead -- Simcoe, Ontario
Image courtesy of Tracy Oakley -- Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Image courtesy of Jane Chaulk Goodyear -- Deadman's Bay, Newfoundland
Image courtesy of Kosala Rajapaksha -- Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Image courtesy of Rick Lewis -- Kingston, Ontario
Image courtesy of Diane Irwin -- Greater Napanee, Ontario
Image courtesy of Matrixed 369 -- Midland, Ontario
Image courtesy of Robert Deviller -- Herring Cove, Nova Scotia
Image courtesy of Jeff Taylor -- Caledon, Ontario
-- With files from meteorologist Scott Sutherland