Harvest moon lights up night sky

While some had their views of the harvest moon spoiled by cloud cover, others got a glimpse of the huge orange moon rising Thursday night.

Lucky viewers had clear skies in New England, the West and England.

A harvest moon, which happens when a full moon rises close to the fall equinox, appears larger and more orange than usual. It rises about 20 minutes earlier, which decreases the time between sunset and moonrise, according to NASA. The early rise gives it the special color because there is more clouds and dust in the sky.

If you missed it last night, you’ll have two more chances to see it. Just after sunset Friday and Saturday will also be good nights to catch a glimpse.

Check out photos from around the globe below:

@Onlyhavana_/TwitterThe harvest moon rising over the lights of Los Angeles, Oct. 5, 2017.

Gary Hershorn/Getty ImagesThe harvest moon rises above the Statue of Liberty in New York City, Oct. 5, 2017, as seen from Jersey City, NJ.

mmcurtis73/InstagramThe harvest moon peeks out from behind a tall building in Chicago, Oct. 5, 2017.

Matt Cardy/Getty ImagesThe full Harvest moon rises over the ruins of St Michael’s Church, a scheduled monument on the top of Burrow Mump, Oct. 5, 2017, in Somerset, England.

Toby Melville/ReutersA passenger plane, with a full Harvest moon seen behind, makes its final landing approach towards Heathrow Airport in London, Oct. 5, 2017.

Matt Cardy/Getty ImagesThe full Harvest moon rises over the ruins of St Michael’s Church, a scheduled monument on the top of Burrow Mump, Oct. 5, 2017, in Somerset, England.

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