If skies stay clear the harvest moon eclipse will be visible over Merseyside tonight and it wont be visible again until 2024.
The penumbral eclipse will cause the harvest moon to be partially overshadowed and its brightness to dim.
The harvest moon is known as a penumbral eclipse because the moon is engulfed in part of the Earth’s shadow.
— Met Office (@metoffice) September 16, 2016
The harvest moon and hunter’s moon are traditional terms for the full moons occurring during late summer and in the autumn, in the northern hemisphere usually in August, September and October respectively.
The harvest moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox (22 or 23 September), and the “hunter’s moon” is the one following it.
The phenomenon will be visible to the naked eye from Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia but not North and South America.
The Met Office forecast for tonight reads: Generally fine and dry this evening, but with an outside chance of a shower at first. Many areas staying dry and largely clear overnight, however it will turn cloudier across eastern parts. Turning chilly, especially in rural areas.
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