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The moon has been a spectacular sight this week, and hopefully you've had the chance to take at least a glance. Monday, September 12th marked the full moon, and it was in one of its most legendary annual phases, the Harvest Moon.

You may have experienced a bit of "moon illusion," as its called, when the moon appears to be bigger than it actually is. The L.A. Times explains a bit more:

Steve Edberg, an astronomer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, explained that because of the tilt of the moon's orbit in September, the moon rises just as the sun is setting for a few days after the full moon. Usually the moon rises at sunset only on the day it is full and then rises about an hour later each subsequent day.

The gorgeous Harvest Moon was captured in this photo submitted to our LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr, and we couldn't resist sharing.

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Our skies will next hold a full moon Tuesday, October 11th at 07:05:42 pm.