The 2016 Harvest Moon shined brightly throughout the world on Friday night, delighting observers who stepped outside to get a peak of the event.
The Harvest Moon is the full moon that is seen nearest to the time of the Autumnal Equinox. The Autumnal Equinox falls on Sept. 22 this year.
This year's Harvest Moon took place in conjunction with a penumbral lunar eclipse, which was only able to be seen from skywatchers in Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia. The eclipse will be seen again on the night of Sept. 17, according to EarthSky.
A regular lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the umbra, or the darkest part of the Earth's shadow, according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Lada.
"However, during a penumbral lunar eclipse the moon only passes through the penumbra, the outer part of the Earth's shadow," Lada stated. "This is not as dark as the umbra, but it still causes some shading on the moon."
This full moon is dubbed the Harvest Moon because it occurs at a time when farmers in the Northern Hemisphere begin to harvest their crops.