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A dazzling full 'harvest moon' will illuminate Metro Vancouver skies

Lunar lovers, rejoice!
Depending on the Vancouver weather forecast, a full harvest moon will be visible in the city in September 2023.

A full moon will bathe Metro Vancouver in its haunting silvery light near the end of September (weather permitting, of course). 

Lunar lovers should mark their calendars for the event on Sept. 29, when the celestial body will reach its fullest form at 2:57 a.m. in Vancouver, according to 

The September moon is called the full Harvest Moon because it falls closest to the autumn equinox, which falls on Sept. 22. The Harvest Moon sometimes takes place in October, depending on when the full moon takes place.

According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, "this full Moon name is attributed to Native Americans because it marked the time when corn was supposed to be harvested."

The Harvest Moon gets was given its name because farmers needed its silvery light to harvest crops. It has since inspired a rather dreamy, beautiful song by Canadian icon Neil Young, too.

Stargazers should opt to travel as far away from city lights as possible in order to avoid light pollution that will obscure the clarity of heavenly bodies. While this works best in more remote places, anywhere that has a higher elevation will also provide more ideal viewing conditions.

Check the Metro Vancouver weather forecast on Weatherhood to find out what it will be like on the big night in your neighbourhood.