Keep an eye on the sky: Harvest moon rises Friday

The harvest moon, which always puts on a show, will rise Friday evening.

Get your cameras and look toward the east after sunset Friday, as this one happens to be an especially close and large full moon.

The harvest moon is the full moon that is seen nearest to the time of the autumnal equinox.

It gets its name because farmers in the Northern Hemisphere are harvesting their crops during that time. The harvest moon usually occurs in September and occasionally in October. 

The moon rises around 7:39 p.m. in Jacksonville, according to the U.S. Naval Observatory Astronomical Applications Department.

This year, a penumbral lunar eclipse – which happens when the moon moves through the faint outer shadow of the earth -- will occur during the harvest moon. This creates a very faint dimming of the full moon you need a telescope to see, but the eclipse will not be visible in the U.S.

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