Tonight’s Full Moon 12 Percent Bigger – Yahoo! News
Tonight’s full Moon will be almost 12 percent bigger than some of the full Moons this year, according to
NASA, setting up a fine viewing opportunity when it rises in the evening.
The reason: The Moon is near perigee, the point on its slightly out-of-round orbit that is closest to Earth.
This Moon is called the Harvest Moon, owing to its timing of being nearest the autumnal equinox. Farmers in the past relied on it to harvest all night. The Harvest Moon is not always closer and bigger than normal.
The Moon will rise around 6 p.m. local time. It will be officially “full” at 11:13 p.m. ET,