Look to the sky! Beautiful harvest moon to appear

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Stargazers will have one last chance to see an eclipse this year when the last lunar phenomenon of 2016 occurs Friday night.

The eclipse will be difficult to observe, with the Earth only casting a slight shadow on the moon. But when the Earth completely blocks the sunlight, the moon will appear red or orange.

Viewers from the United States will not be able to see the eclipse, but people in Europe, Asia and throughout the Pacific will be able to witness the event.

The eclipse was to start around 6 p.m. in London and at 3 a.m. Saturday in Sydney. The eclipse should last around four hours.

However, a huge yellow harvest moon has been viewable everywhere in the world since early Friday, and some lucky onlookers were able to capture it in all its glory.

Here in Northeast Ohio, the harvest moon of September will be floating overhead tonight; although clouds will be prevalent in our skies.

Dennis Doucet, a photographer based in Kobe, Japan, first saw the moon early Friday morning. "I waited all night for the clouds of the approaching typhoon to break enough to capture the images," he told CNN via Instagram, referring to Typhoon Malakas.

In Kathleen, Georgia, photographer Greg Hogan shot the beautiful sight throughout its different phases. "It seemed so amazingly bright at about 2 a.m. and then at 6 a.m. it was a warm glow as it set," he says.

Even casual viewers found the sight impressive.

Devi Amalia, a student in Semarang, Indonesia, hailed the moon's universal beauty. "The moon could be enjoyed by anyone, including me, you and all parts of the world," he says.

How you can see it

You should be able to see a lot of amazing features on the surface of the moon even without a telescope tonight.

First, look for contrasting light and dark regions. The light regions are older layers of rock that floated to the surface.

Next, you should be able to see Tycho crater in the bottom-left portion of the moon. The crater is noticeable because of the bright streaks emanating from the center, according to Space.com.

Besides looking outside to see it, you can also see it during a four-hour webcast on Slooh.com which began at 12:45 p.m. EDT.


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