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Q. What is a harvest moon? — John A.
A. The so-called Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to Earth's northern autumnal equinox.

Before there were electric lights, farmers wanting to harvest their autumn crops relied on the Harvest Moon to light up their fields at night.

The Harvest Moon of 2006 is really big. In fact, it's nearly 12 percent wider than some full Moons earlier in the year.

Why is it so big? Because our Moon is near perigee, which is the side of the Moon's lopsided orbit that brings it closest to Earth.

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