A Rare 'Harvest Moon' AND a Meteor Shower Will Both Be Visible Tonight
While there are multiple celestial events to look forward to throughout the season, the display on October 5 is particularly special — stargazers can enjoy both a full moon as well as a meteor shower.
The Harvest Moon, a phenomenon that usually occurs in September, is special because the moon appears to be larger in the sky than usual. Don't be fooled, however, as its size is just an illusion. Technically, the moon’s totality occurs at 2:40 p.m. EST, but unfortunately won’t be visible to those in the United States.
Not to worry though, as it will still be nearly full when it is visible at night.
In the event that a rare full moon isn’t enough to satisfy your cosmic needs, the shooting stars from the Orionid Meteor Shower will make the evening even more spectacular.
The meteor shower occurs when the Earth passes through the trail of debris from Halley’s Comet, and is actually visible through most of October and into the first week of November. It's most active during its peak from October 20 to 21.
Can’t make it outside to see the show on Thursday? Make sure to mark your calendars for next weekend, when the Draconid Meteor shower will light up the night’s sky.