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The Harvest Moon rose into the evening sky on Monday (Sept. 24), providing some spectacular scenes for skywatchers and photographers around the globe.
The Harvest Moon became officially full on Monday (Sept. 24) at 10:52 p.m. EDT (0252 GMT on Sept. 25). As with any other full moon, the Harvest Moon appeared as good as full to the casual observer on the night before it reached its fullest phase, and it will continue to look pretty full the night after. So, if you missed the Harvest Moon last night, it's not too late to see it this evening!
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The nearly full Harvest Moon rises over hikers at the Mission Peak Regional Preserve near San Francisco, California, in this image taken by astrophotographer Kwong Liew on Sunday (Sept. 23).
Near San Francisco, California, astrophotographer Kwong Liew captured photos of the Harvest Moon, both when the moon was at its fullest phase and the evening before. In the first photo above, taken from the Mission Peak Regional Preserve just north of San Jose, Liew captured a group of hikers in front of the nearly full — but totally enormous — Harvest Moon.
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"To get the moon large in the photo, I use a very long lens to fill up the frame as much as possible and do some cropping," Liew told Space.com in an email. To create this "big moon" illusion, he used an 800-millimeter lens plus a 2.0x converter to achieve a 1,600-mm focal length. "But a lot of times 400 mm to 600 mm will work well also," Liew said. "This depends on...
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