The next full moon is happening on Wednesday 2 September, and this one is known as the Corn Moon. This moon was a sign it was time to harvest the corn.
This moon could get confusing as it may also be called the Harvest Moon, and also the moon that happens closet to the autumnal equinox. Depending on the year and once the stage of the moon drops, it can be both.
More frequently than not, the September full moon is well known by the nickname”harvest moon” since this is the prime harvest season for both corn and other crops. However, 2020 happens to be among those off-years, in which the moon is a bit out of whack.
Hence the complete moon that will be shining in the night sky this week is going to be called the corn moon. The harvest moon nickname will be earmarked for the next full moon, which appears on Oct. 1.
Which is going to be the first of two full moons in October 2020 — hence the next one will be considered a blue moon, which makes a rare appearance on Halloween.
What’s a Corn Moon?
Back in September, you’ll have the ability to observe a full moon which is decorated with crimson hues.
It’s known as the”Corn Moon” because from the 1930s, the Maine Farmer’s Almanac first printed Native American names for the full moons, together with these titles getting widely known and used.
According to this almanac, Nasa statesthat the Algonquin tribes”called this the Corn Moon, since this is the time for gathering their main staple crops of corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice”.
The September full moon can be occasionally called the Fruit Moon, Barley Moon and also even the Hungry Ghost Moon.
The September full moon is usually called the Harvest Moon because it is normally the closest full moon to the autumn equinox. Every third year however, a full moon comes in October that's even closer, making the September full moon a Corn Moon. Full Corn Moon is Wed 1:22 AM https://t.co/iPWD6ZgtTc— John Hickey (@JohnWNEP) September 1, 2020
The names’Fruit Moon’ and’Barley Moon’ come from the good time of year of this complete moon – in the end of summer when lots of fruits ripen and harvesting takes place.
It’s also known as the Hungry Ghost Moon since the time that the moon looks contrasts with the Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival.
The seventh month of the calendar is the Ghost Month and the 15th day of the month (a full moon day) is known as Ghost Day, when ghosts and spirits come out to go to the living.
When to see that the September full moon
The skies will soon be formally full at 1:22 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept 2, and also the ideal time to view it’s when it begins to rise in the eastern sky.
It’ll look its biggest and cleverest Tuesday night (99% complete ), Wednesday night (100% total ) and Thursday night (98% total ). If you are an early riser, do not forget to search for the moon as it sets into the western skies.
For Your moonrise and moonset times in your city, check TimeAndDate.com.
Total moon – harvest moon
The entire moon of September is occasionally known as the”corn moon,” and this is only one of these years.Pixabay
Exactly why the harvest moon isn’t in September
The crop moon nickname becomes changed between September and October every few years, depending on which moon seems closest to the date of this autumn equinox, the official start of the autumn season. The equinox occurs when the sun rises directly on the equator, bringing an almost equivalent amount of daylight and darkness hours in the southern and northern hemispheres on that day. Consequently, the October full moon of 2017 has been called the harvest moon and the September full moon captured the corn moon nickname.
Since the Harvest Moon and Corn Moon are different this season, the Harvest Moon will be the upcoming full moon set to appear on October 1.
The exact same issue is occurring this season. The autumn equinox will even occur on Sept. 22, which is closer fo that the Oct. 1 full moon than the Sept. 2 full moon. So the early October full moon will find the harvest moon nickname, although the September full moon will be known as the corn moon.
In 2018 and 2019, fall started closer into the September full moon than the October full moon, so the September moon transported its traditional harvest moon nickname.
Other nicknames for the September full moon
As mentioned above, depending on how close to the fall equinox the September moon turns complete — it is occasionally known as the”corn moon” rather than this harvest moon. Some native American tribes call it that the wheat moon,”because it’s the opportunity to harvest and thresh the ripened barley,” the Old Farmer’s Almanac says.
A few other nicknames are thrown into the mix with this month’s moon.
Space.com says that the September full moon was known as the”declining leaves moon” among the Ojibwe tribe at the Great Lakes region and also had two other nicknames:”The Cree of Ontario called the September full moon that the rutting moon because it was once lots of creatures started mating (notably( deer).
In the Pacific Northwest, the Haida predicted it that the cedar bark moon, according to the’Tlingit Moon and Tide Teaching Resource’ released from the University of Alaska in Fairbanks.”
Hope you’re ready for a tiny full moon pleasure, since the September 2020 entire moon — also known as the corn moon — is still taking place late at the night of September 1 (or the wee hours of this afternoon, if you’re on eastern time), and it will be putting on a long time for those who know where to look. And since it’s the ultimate full moon of this summertime, you will not need to miss it.
13 full moons in 2020
These are the dates and times of each full moon appearing in 2020, along with the most popular nicknames. The times are in the Eastern time zone in the United States.
|Jan. 10||2:21 p.m.||wolf moon|
|Feb. 9||2:33 a.m.||snow moon|
|March 9||1:47 p.m.||worm moon / supermoon|
|April 7||10:35 p.m.||pink moon / supermoon|
|May 7||6:45 a.m.||flower moon|
|June 5||3:12 p.m.||strawberry moon|
|July 5||12:44 a.m.||buck moon / thunder moon|
|Aug. 3||11:58 a.m.||sturgeon moon|
|Sept. 2||1:22 a.m.||corn moon|
|Oct. 1||5:05 p.m.||harvest moon|
|Oct. 31||10:49 a.m.||blue moon|
|Nov. 30||4:29 a.m.||beaver moon|
|Dec. 29||10:28 p.m.||cold moon|