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Days away from annual autumn event: the harvest moon

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Organizations around Michigan are planning events to coincide with the Harvest Moon on Friday October sixth. A special moonlight cruise is planned on Lake Huron and a Harvest Moon dance at the Dark Skies Park in Emmet county.

The harvest moon got its name when tractors didn't have lights on them and farmers would use the light of the bright orange moon to illuminate the fields.

Katie Wolf is the Liaison for the Friends of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. She said on October 6th the sun sets at 7:04pm and the moon rises shortly after.

“So, when the sun is setting the moon will be coming up. It's the closest time of the year when the sun sets and the moon rises. So, you will be able to see that pretty much within a very short time frame. So, we are going to do a dark sky cruise”.