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Harvest moon lights up night sky

FtLaudGirl/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- While some had their views of the harvest moon spoiled by cloud cover, others got a glimpse of the huge orange moon rising Thursday night.

Lucky viewers had clear skies in New England, the West and England.

A harvest moon, which happens when a full moon rises close to the fall equinox, appears larger and more orange than usual. It rises about 20 minutes earlier, which decreases the time between sunset and moonrise, according to NASA. The early rise gives it the special color because there is more clouds and dust in the sky.

If you missed it last night, you’ll have two more chances to see it. Just after sunset Friday and Saturday will also be good nights to catch a glimpse



(Credit: mmcurtis73/Instagram) The harvest moon peeks out from behind a tall building in Chicago, Oct. 5, 2017. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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