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Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 09/12/2011

Harvest moon peaked Sunday night (photos, video)


A harvest moon rises at dusk. (CHRIS YOUNG - AP)
The annual harvest moon appeared big and bright and pink in the sky Sunday night, rising at 7:20 p.m. and peaking just before 5:30 Monday morning.

The harvest moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox, and it traditionally gave farmers extra light to harvest their crops into the night. As the Examiner points out, the harvest moon has also been “mentioned in songs, played as a backdrop for love stories in the movies and . . . been blamed for making people do strange things.”

Sunday night, the moon was visible with a binoculars, telescope or the naked eye. In case you missed it, one viewer captured this video:

The harvest moon may also be visible for several more days, especially in northern areas like Canada and Alaska, Earthsky.org reports.

Last year, the Harvest Moon occurred on the fall equinox, a rare occurrence that won't happen again until 2029, according to the Christian Science Monitor.  

See photos of past harvest moons below:


The harvest moon rises over the Colorado prairie, framed by the engines of a Royal Air Force cargo plane parked at a general aviation terminal at Denver International Airport on Sept. 27, 2007. (David Zalubowski - ASSOCIATED PRESS)


A farmer harvests corn as the moon rises near Mason City, Iowa, on Oct. 15, 2008. (Arian Schuessler - ASSOCIATED PRESS)

The harvest moon sets as the sun rises Oct. 6, 1998, in Grand Teton National Park, Wyo. (JONATHAN ADAMS - AP)

A jet on approach to Fort Lauderdale International Airport is framed by a full harvest moon as it rises Oct. 9, 2003. (CHRIS O'MEARA - AP)

A full moon rises over a central Illinois cornfield in Springfield, Ill., Aug. 24, 2010. (Seth Perlman - AP)
Read more about the harvest moon at NASA.

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