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PHOTOS: Harvest Moon illuminates night skies around the world

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.

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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.

The Harvest Moon glowed over Plum Island, Massachusetts. (Photo/Instagram user bokardo)

In addition to the Harvest Moon, a penumbral lunar eclipse was seen in parts of the world. The eclipse is seen here in Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom. (Photo/Twitter user @DrJamieNemeth)

The Harvest Moon is seen over the village of Mumbles in Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom. (Photo/Twitter user @DrJamieNemeth)

The Harvest Moon is seen rising over the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming. (Photo/Facebook user Michelle Olsen)

Clouds cannot hide the brightness of the Harvest Moon in southern Ontario, Canada. (Photo/Twitter user @ajgodinho)

The sky turned orange around the glow of the Harvest Moon in St. Joseph, Michigan. (Photo Facebook user/Sandy Sullivan)

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