Tonight's harvest moon got its name because it is the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, which means it extends the hours of light into the evening, helping harvesters with a long day's work. Full moon phase begins at 4:12 p.m.
About 65% of the human body is water, and because the full moon affects tides, it's no wonder people also feel a change. So says Connie Freeman, above, a shaman at Beyond Reality in Canoga Park who is also a behavioral therapist. "More people definitely call me in crisis on a full moon for a reading," she said. "It's almost hormonal."
The reason animals may act differently during a full moon is associated with the lunar lighting, said CSUN animal psychologist Donna Hardy. "There might be more activity among predators because they can see," she said. "It's not some mysterious energy thing. Actually, it's kind of boring."