Taken from the Hopscotch Bridge in Washington, D.C., a pinkish harvest moon rises over H Street on Sept. 12.

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Harvest Moon

Taken from the Hopscotch Bridge in Washington, D.C., a pinkish harvest moon rises over H Street on Sept. 12. On the nights of Sept. 11-13, people living in the Northern Hemisphere had front-row tickets to see the Harvest Moon — the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox.

The Harvest Moon tends to be bigger, brighter and more colorful than other moon rises throughout the year because it passes through more atmospheric particles the closer it gets to the horizon, compared to when it is higher in the sky.

In this panoramic photograph, the charred remains of a forest ravaged by wildfires are seen on Sept. 11 along Paleface Ranch Road in Spicewood, Texas.

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Aftermath of the Texas wildfires

In this panoramic photograph, the charred remains of a forest ravaged by wildfires are seen on Sept. 11 along Paleface Ranch Road in Spicewood, Texas. Caused by the worst drought in recorded Texas history, the wildfires have burned more than 3.6 million acres of land, destroying nearly 2,000 homes in the process.

Also on MNN: Video shows speed of Texas wildfire

Catie Leary ( @catieleary ) writes about science, travel, animals and the arts.

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