So named because it coincides with the time that farmers gather their crops, and because it offers a little extra light for the process, the full moon in September is called the harvest moon. It's special enough on its own, but this year's moon coincided with a lunar eclipse — a penumbral lunar eclipse, to be exact.

This kind of an eclipse isn't as dramatic as a total, or even partial, lunar eclipse. This eclipse occurs as the moon passes through the outer edges of Earth's shadow, as Earth Sky explains. The result is a faint dimming of the moon. It's easier to understand if you think about it in contrast to a partial eclipse, in which Earth's shadow is visible as a dark spot on one edge of the moon — as if you'd taken a bite out of a cookie. The penumbral eclipse is a step back from that, with just a fuzziness around the edge of the moon. It's so subtle, you might even miss it.

This particular eclipse was only visible to those in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia, and they probably needed binoculars or a telescope to see it. If you didn't get a chance to see the eclipse, the video above, which was shot with the aid of a telescope, gives you a sense of what the experience was like — but pardon the shaking as the camera woman gets set up. And savor this moment: This was the last harvest moon eclipse until 2024.

Did you miss the harvest moon lunar eclipse?
Penumbral lunar eclipse dims the moon for much of the world.