Look up! How and where to see tonight's ultra-bright Harvest Moon

A harvest moon rises.
A harvest moon rises. Photo credit Matt Cardy/Getty Images

The full moon known as the harvest moon makes its brilliant debut Monday, filling the sky with light overnight.

In the past, the harvest moon was so bright it provided farmers with extra time to harvest their crops. This year, it is arriving two days before the autumn equinox.

The unique full moon will appear shortly after sunset, roughly 7:38 p.m. ET. NASA says it will be visible at 7:55 p.m. ET, according to NASA.

In California, the sun sets at 6:47 p.m. PT. The moon, however, will peak around 4:55 p.m. PT.

The harvest moon might appear larger and brighter because its physical proximity is much closer to the horizon. Its location is also responsible for its orange tint.

The full moon’s occurrence so close to the autumn equinox results in the moon rising closer to sunset, “creating a dusk-till-dawn moonlight for several nights in a row,” CNN reported.

There are several other full moons slated for the rest of the year: October 20 is the hunter’s moon, November 19 is the beaver moon, and December 18 is the cold moon.