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This Is Why The Moon Was So Big Last Night

Harvest moon.

Posted on September 21, 2013, at 5:01 p.m. ET

The moon appeared larger, closer and brighter Friday night, and that's because fall is here.

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Known as the "Harvest Moon," it's the full moon closest to the autumn equinox.

It was used by farmers to know when to harvest crops.

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The moon appears larger because of its rise time and angle of path.

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