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Full Corn Moon

The month of September starts off with a full moon! Its name - Full Corn Moon - is attributed to Native Americans because it marks when corn was ready to be harvested.  For a similar reason, it is also sometimes called the Barely Moon.

Two out of every three years, September’s full moon is also the Harvest Moon.  This year is the one out of every three years where that is not the case. The full moon that happens closest to the autumnal equinox, which is when the sun is exactly above the equator and day & night are equal in length, is always deemed the Harvest Moon.  Since this year’s September full moon takes place at the very beginning of the month, the first of two full moons in October of this year will be the Harvest Moon.

The Full Corn Moon will rise at 8:20 p.m. tonight and will reach its peak illumination at 1:23 a.m.  If that’s too late for you to stay up, be sure to take a look at the moon just before you go to bed.  How does it look different than it did when it first rose?

Full Corn Moon