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 Full Moon on October 6, 2006 in Huntington Beach, California

This particular full Moon was almost 12 percent bigger than some of the full Moons this year, according to NASA.

The reason: The Moon is near perigee, the point on its slightly out-of-round orbit that is closest to Earth.

This Moon is also called the Harvest Moon, owing to its timing of being nearest the autumnal equinox. Farmers in the past relied on it to harvest all night. The Harvest Moon is not always closer and bigger than normal.
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Full Moon-2006-10 (640 wEXIF).jpg - Full Moon on October 6, 2006 in Huntington Beach, California  This particular full Moon was almost 12 percent bigger than some of the full Moons this year, according to NASA.   The reason: The Moon is near perigee, the point on its slightly out-of-round orbit that is closest to Earth.  This Moon is also called the Harvest Moon, owing to its timing of being nearest the autumnal equinox. Farmers in the past relied on it to harvest all night. The Harvest Moon is not always closer and bigger than normal.

Date: 10/6/06 8:22 PM | ISO: 200 | Exp. Mode: Manual control | Exp. Time: 1/180s | Aperture: 8.0 | Focal Length: 300.0mm (=459mm)
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