THE stunning harvest moon has been captured across the UK as Brits make most of the last day of summer before downpours.
Stargazers across the globe are being treated to an orange-hued full Moon this week.
The harvest moon rises over South Shields lighthouse on the north east coast[/caption]
Stunning pic here, taken at Mudeford Quay, Christchurch Harbour in Dorset[/caption]
The harvest moon rising above Birmingham, at sunset on Monday[/caption]
Another stunning shot, with the moon partly hidden behind clouds in Weymouth, Dorset[/caption]
The full harvest moon started appearing in our night skies from Monday.
According to NASA, the lunar event was also visible from Iceland, Liberia, Senegal and across the Americas to the International Dateline.
It was to appear on Tuesday night for the rest of Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia to the International Date Line.
All full moons have nicknames, which usually relate to the time of year they appear.
Harvest moon is the term given to the full moon which appears closest to the fall equinox – the point from which daylight hours start to reduce for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere.
It’s named after its connection to farmers as pre-electric lights, farmers depended on bright moonlight to extend the workday beyond sunset.
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It was the only way they could gather their ripening crops in time for market, says Nasa.
The harvest moon has been brightening up our night skies with its interesting orange glow ahead of two Autumn storms.
After high pressure brought a dry day for many on Tuesday, Brits will notice a change in the weather, say forecasters.
The first two storms of autumn hit from Wednesday – with the Atlantic double whammy bringing 50mph gales and washouts for many.
The pair of 800-mile wide tempests will spin past Scotland.
Forecasters predict 50mph gales on Wednesday and Thursday, with deluges.
The second stormy system brings another bout of gusts pushing 50mph and rain at the weekend.
Above: temperatures expected as of 1pm Wednesday[/caption]
Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “It looks more autumnal after a settled start to the week.
“Forecast models show potentially very blustery and wet conditions on Thursday, in particular for the north and east, with another wet and windy episode at the weekend.”
Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending said: “The weather is about to change gear, turning cooler, wetter and windier.”
Meanwhile, a Met Office forecaster said: “It turns more unsettled and potentially windy with rain from Tuesday onwards.
“Thursday and Friday look like seeing much of the UK receiving windy conditions and showers or rain, with coastal gales likely in the north-west.
“More strong winds and outbreaks of rain are expected from the weekend onwards in the north-west.
The Met Office also tweeted: “If you’re travelling first thing on Wednesday morning, be prepared to encounter some dense fog patches, mainly in the south.
“Sudden reductions in visibility may give difficult driving conditions on some roads, while away from the fog, there will be some bright sunshine.”