DANVILLE – The Kennekuk Environmental Education Center is hosting a free star party and program on Thursday to celebrate the Harvest Full Moon.
The full moon closest to the autumn equinox is known as the Harvest Moon, according to the Farmer’s Almanac. During this time the moon can be seen rising earlier and at a quicker rate at twilight, which can make the moon look full for several days in a row.
For the Northern Hemisphere, Oct. 5 is the closest full moon to the autumn equinox.
“People will be able to see the moon a lot better with a telescope,” Maggie Yaden of Kennekuk County Park said.
In addition to gazing, a program titled “The Moon and its Vital Role” will begin at 6 p.m., and will discuss the effects of light pollution, the August solar eclipse and the next American Eclipse to take place in 2024.
An optional costume contest also will take place, and prizes will be awarded for the best Harvest Moon and star costumes.
The full moon is set to rise at 6:47 p.m. Thursday and viewing will continue until 8 p.m. Hot cider and snacks will be provided, and guests are encouraged to bring binoculars.