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Harvest Moon rises Friday, will feature lunar eclipse in parts of world

Full Moon

Full Moon

When is the Harvest Moon? The wait for the celestial harbinger of autumn is over Friday evening, with the full moon rising at 7:10 p.m. in New York City on a clear, chilly night.

The moon, low on the horizon, will have a spooky orange hue early on as it symbolically ushers in the season of Halloween, pumpkin-spiced treats and leaf-peeping. The weather in the tri-state area will be perfect for moon gazing, with clear skies and nippy temperatures lending a crisp early fall feel to the evening. Lows overnight will be in the low 50s in the city, and the 40s inland.

The Harvest Moon — named for the time that farmers harvest their crops — is the full moon that appears closest to the fall equinox, or the start of autumn, which takes place this year on Sept. 22.

In a rare phenomenon, the full moon will coincide with a lunar eclipse, but unfortunately New Yorkers won’t be able to see it. Those in Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia will be able to catch it — people in the North and South Americas will have to wait until 2017 to see the next eclipse.