The first week of October marks the Harvest Moon, a celestial event considered very special for stargazers.

As well as being a beautiful sight to see, the event also has a symbolic significance - but more on that later.

The Harvest Moon will see the moon appear an orange colour and it'll look bigger and brighter in the sky.

Here's everything you need to know.

What is the Harvest Moon?

The Harvest Moon is one of the most-well known Full Moon names, some sources claim the name originates from the Native American month names whilst other historians believe it was first recorded in the 700s in Old German and Anglo-Saxon languages.

The term Harvest Moon refers to the full moon that falls nearest to the autumnal equinox, which took place on September 22.

Most years the Harvest Moon happens in September, but every three years or so it occurs in October, just as it does in 2017.

According to, in the days before tractor lights, the light from the Harvest Moon used to help farmers gather their crops, despite the diminishing daylight hour.

What is the best way to see it?

You won't need any special equipment to see it but its visibility is dependent on how clear the weather is - if it's foggy or not very clear outside then it'll be harder to see.

Stargazers will be able to see the Harvest Moon with or without a telescope, all you need to do is look up at the sky.

When is it?

The Harvest Moon will be on October 5, according to astronomers the event will take place at 6.40pm, and the moon will be at its brightest at 7.40pm.