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THE amazing sight of a Harvest Moon lit up night skies across North Wales at the weekend.

Stargazers across the region were treated to a spectacular view as the last full moon of the summer filled the skies.

The beautiful sight was made even more remarkable as it was coupled with a lunar eclipse.

The Daily Post's Hadyn Iball captured the event over Deeside.

It was the second year in the row that the rare phenomenon occurred but it was the last of its kind for eight years and we will have to wait until 2024 to see it again.

During the eclipse the Harvest Moon - the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox - was darkened by the Earth's shadow.

The eclipse gets it name from the outer part of the Earth's shadow, known as the penumbra.

The Earth's shadow crossed the moon between 5.55pm and 9.54pm with the darkest phase of the eclipse happening just before 8pm - around half an hour after sunset.

While the Harvest Moon gets its name because it is the full moon closest to the equinox on September 22 this year.

On the date of the equinox, both day and night are around the same length around the globe. Afterwards, the night is longer than the day.

The moon will be visible for the next few nights, before the official start of autumn.

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Sep 19, 2016
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