Harvest Moon 2020: When and how to see October’s full moon

The full moon of October 2020, called the Harvest Moon, will grace the skies this week on Thursday (Oct. 1).

That’s the same day that the planet Mercury reaches its greatest eastern elongation, or the furthest distance east of the sun. That means on the night of the full moon Mercury will be visible after sunset, though still close to the horizon. 

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