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Here are five cool facts about Thursday's Harvest Moon – The Weather Network

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2020’s Harvest Moon is nearly here, and this year, it’s a special one.

Look up in the sky on Thursday night, for one of the smallest Full Moons of 2020. Based on the timing, and a quirk of how we perceive the world around us, some extraordinary things are going on with this particular Full Moon.

WHAT IS A HARVEST MOON?

A Harvest Moon is the Full Moon that occurs closest to the Autumnal Equinox.

Depending on the year, it can happen anywhere from two weeks before or two weeks after the equinox.

In 2020, Full Moons fall on September 2 (20 days before the equinox) and October 1 (just 9 days after). So, the October 1 Full Moon takes the title of Harvest Moon this year.

NO SHARING IN 2020

Usually, this particular Full Moon of the year is known by more than one name. Depending on whether it takes place in September or October, the Harvest Moon typically shares time with the Corn Moon or the Hunter’s Moon.

2020 is different, though.

Credit: NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio/Scott Sutherland

Since we have 13 Full Moons this year, with the upcoming Halloween Blue Moon, this is the first time since 1974 that the Harvest Moon gets a Full Moon all to itself.

MICROMOON

Thursday’s Harvest Moon will be a ‘micromoon’. The opposite of a supermoon, this is a Full Moon that occurs when it is within 90 per cent of its farthest distance from Earth for the month, or at least 405,000 km away.

This is the first of three micromoons this season. However, this isn’t the farthest Full Moon of 2020. That occurs on October 31.

2020-Mini-Full-Moons-Super-New-MoonsCredit: NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio/Scott Sutherland

EAGER MOON

On average, the Moon rises about 50 minutes later each day. However, this timing varies based on the Moon’s distance from Earth and how far from the equator the observer is.

For example, for someone in Quito, Ecuador, the Moon rises around 40 minutes later when it is farthest from Earth, and 60 minutes later when it is closest. Someone in Winnipeg, MB, on those same nights, will see the Moon rising only 15 minutes later when it is farthest from Earth, and up to 85 minutes later when it is closest.

This Thursday’s micromoon Harvest Moon will be an “eager” one for those of us in Canada. It will rise only around 20 minutes or so later than it did on Wednesday (or even sooner for those farther north)!

THE MOON ILLUSION

Since Thursday’s Harvest Moon will be farther away than usual, it should appear slightly smaller to us here on Earth. Our brains may not register that fact to start, though, due to a little trick called The Moon Illusion.

We gauge the size and distance of something based on comparing that object to other things directly around it. The Moon technically doesn’t have anything directly around it, at least not that we can perceive with the naked eye. So, the brain tries to put it into perspective by comparing it to objects in the foreground – trees, buildings, etc. Fitting the Moon into that perspective, the brain perceives it as much larger than it actually is.

ugc calgary full moonThis Full Moon rose over Calgary, AB, on September 13, 2019. Credit: Siv Heang

You can try a couple of tricks of your own to cancel out this effect. Stretch your arm out and cover the Moon over with your thumb. Then uncover it. That will give you a better perspective. Looking at the Moon through a cellphone camera can help, too, and you can take a few pictures while you’re at it.

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COVID-19: Okanagan resort closes temporarily after staffer tests positive – Revelstoke Review

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Sparkling Hill Resort is closing for 11 days Friday after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

The popular tourist destination said its immediate closure effective Friday, Oct. 30, is a proactive and precautionary measure.

“Due to the extensive COVID-19 plan in place at the resort, Interior Health confirmed there is no concern for any guests that stayed recently,” the resort said in a statement.

The individual contracted the novel coronavirus outside the resort and immediately self-isolated. Any other staff members who were in close contact with the affected member of staff have been identified and contacted by the regional health agency with information and advice.

The resort will resume operations Monday, Nov. 9.

Any guests who have upcoming reservations will be contacted and provided with options.

“The health and safety of our staff, guests and community are a top priority,” the statement reads. “While the closure is not required by Interior Health, the immediate actions are taken to ensure there is no further spread of the virus.”

In September, the resort was notified a guest that had recently visited had tested positive for COVID-19 (Sept. 3).

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COVID-19: Okanagan resort closes temporarily after staffer tests positive – Summerland Review

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Sparkling Hill Resort is closing for 11 days Friday after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

The popular tourist destination said its immediate closure effective Friday, Oct. 30, is a proactive and precautionary measure.

“Due to the extensive COVID-19 plan in place at the resort, Interior Health confirmed there is no concern for any guests that stayed recently,” the resort said in a statement.

The individual contracted the novel coronavirus outside the resort and immediately self-isolated. Any other staff members who were in close contact with the affected member of staff have been identified and contacted by the regional health agency with information and advice.

The resort will resume operations Monday, Nov. 9.

Any guests who have upcoming reservations will be contacted and provided with options.

“The health and safety of our staff, guests and community are a top priority,” the statement reads. “While the closure is not required by Interior Health, the immediate actions are taken to ensure there is no further spread of the virus.”

In September, the resort was notified a guest that had recently visited had tested positive for COVID-19 (Sept. 3).

READ MORE: COVID-19 case confirmed at Vernon’s Sparkling Hill Resort

READ MORE: Hunters free themselves from rollover on Westside


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Well-known Okanagan resort voluntarily closes following positive COVID-19 test – Global News

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One of the Okanagan’s better-known resorts has temporarily closed its doors following a positive COVID-19 test.

In a statement issued Friday, Sparkling Hill Resort in Vernon said it was closing for 11 days following a positive test by a staff member.

The closure was effective immediately, Friday, Oct. 30, and was being called a “proactive and precautionary measure” for the continued safety of its guests, staff and vendors.

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“The precaution comes as a result of Interior Health informing the resort on Oct. 30 of a confirmed case of COVID-19 with one staff member,” the resort said.

According to the resort, the staff member contracted COVID-19 outside of the resort and started self-isolating immediately.

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It added that “due to the extensive COVID-19 plan in place at the resort, Interior Health confirmed there is no concern for any guests that stayed recently.”


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The resort also said staff members who had been in close contact with the affected staff member have been identified and contacted by Interior Health.

The resort expects to resume operations on Monday, Nov. 9, adding that the closure was voluntary and not required by Interior Health.

Contacted by Global News, Interior Health said that it has not ordered any businesses to close, adding they may choose to close on their own.


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