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

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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.