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Harvest moon rises this weekend

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The last full moon of summer will begin Friday night, which is referred to as the Harvest Moon. In addition, the last lunar eclipse of the year will coincide with the full moon tonight, but it can only be viewed from Australia, Asia and Africa. 

This full moon is called the harvest moon because it appears during the peak of farmer's harvest and allows them to work through the night with the light of the moon.

Here in the Mid-South, we can try to get a peek of the full moon on this warm night. However, cloud cover will make it difficult to see the moon for an extended amount of time and you will likely only see it shining every once in awhile through breaks in the clouds. The full moon will last through the weekend, so viewing may be slightly better late Sunday night. When the full moon is close to the Fall Equinox, the moon rises just after sunset, which is at 7:05 on Friday. 

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