Tonight: Here’s how to catch this year’s harvest moon

The Harvest Moon rises over the Capitol in Austin, Texas, on Monday Sept. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner)

The Harvest Moon rises over the Capitol in Austin, Texas, on Monday Sept. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner)

Another night, another moon — but tonight’s promises to be especially worth the effort it takes to crane your neck.

Tonight’s full moon is 2016’s harvest moon. The harvest moon is the full moon to fall closest to the autumnal equinox, which is on Sept. 22 this year. According to the Weather Channel, the harvest moon usually coincides with crop harvesting in the Northern Hemisphere and allows farmer to work late into the night.

In some places around the world, although not North or South America, moongazers will get the added bonus of a lunar eclipse.

If you’re planning on looking up tonight, the weather is in your favor. Austinites can expect a clear night with a low of 75 degrees Fahrenheit. If you’re planning on catching the harvest moon by howling at it from the waters of Barton Springs, keep in mind that the pool capped its attendance for full moon events at 750 swimmers earlier this summer. That was after 2,500 people came out a full moon swim, so arriving early is advised.

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