The Harvest Moon rises every year in September, gracing the skies with its orange glow.
A Harvest Moon appears larger than usual and is thought to have a different hue to the usual white moonlight.
This is the moon that rises closest to the Autumn Equinox.
The Autumn Equinox, considered the official start of autumn, occurred on Sunday, September 23.
This is the time when the earth’s equator is almost directly in line with the centre of the Sun
This means the north and south poles aren’t tilted towards or away from the Sun but are aligned straight.
This theoretically allows the same amount of daylight in the both of the Earth’s hemispheres.
The same date that marks the Northern Hemisphere’s autumn equinox, marks the spring equinox in the Southern Hemisphere.
This is the time of year when farmers would traditionally bring in the harvest, before the weather gets too frosty.
That’s where the name of the moon comes from – The Harvest Moon.
The bright light of the moon helped the farmers extend their working day into the wee hours.
But in truth, there isn’t all that much difference between the Harvest Moon and any other full moon.
The location of the moon near the horizon that causes the Harvest Moon – or any full moon – to look big and orange in colour.
When you view a moon close to the horizon, you’re looking through a greater thickness of Earth’s atmosphere than when you gaze up and overhead.
This gives the moon its orange hue.
The Harvest Moon is an often romanticised occurrence, findings its way into love songs and films.
But in fact, it is just like any other moon – if you’re lucky to catch it on a clear day, you’re in for a visual treat.
Here is the full list of moons each month: