The skies were clear in Western Washington Saturday night and many people went out to take photos of the huge harvest moon.

The Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox. In Western Washington, the autumnal equinox came on Sept. 22, so the Sept. 29-30 full moon the Harvest Moon.

According to the Farmer's Almanac, full moon names originated with Native Americans of what is now the northern and eastern United States. The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon.

October's full moon is called the Hunter's Moon, so named because it was the preferred month to hunt summer-fattened deer and fox unable to hide in the bare fields.

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