3 things to know about this week’s Full Corn Moon, which is the last of summer


Skywatchers are in for a treat for the next three nights, as the September full corn moon rises into the sky.

With the autumn equinox towards the end of September, this week’s moon will be the last full moon of summer.

It officially completes early Wednesday morning, but tonight from the moonrise – and during the next few nights – it will look like a full moon.

To understand some of the stories around the full moon of September, we checked in with the farmer’s almanac and NASA’s people who monitor the sky’s events. Here are some more interesting stories we found:

# 1 Why it’s not Harvest Moon: Since the calendar is flipped in September, many people think that any moon that rises this month should be called Harvest Moon. But when it comes to this, the laws of the moon seem a little complicated. The old farmer’s almanac explains this like this:

“The full moon that is closest to the autumn equinox always takes the name” Harvest Moon “instead of the traditional name – a rule that often places the harvest moon in the month of September. However, when the full moon month of September is In the beginning, the full moon of October begins near the autumn equinox and so occupies the title Harvest Moon instead. ”

# 2 September full moon has many names: Full Corn Moon is one of the most common names, but there are a handful of others depending on where you live. Because it is the last full moon of summer, the Algonquin tribes along the East Coast called it the Corn Moon, as it coincided with collecting crops of corn, squash, beans, and other late summer garden staples.

Gordon Johnson took out a lot of details about this month’s full moon history on his recent NASA blog:

“The European names for this full moon are the fruit moon, the ripening of many fruits as the end of summer approaches, and the barley moon from the harvesting and thrashing of barley.”

“This full moon corresponds to the Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival. The seventh month of the Chinese calendar is the Ghost Month and the fifteenth day of this month (a full moon day) is called Ghost Day, on which ghosts and spirits, including deceased ancestors, come out to live. “

Johnson also joins a full range of Nifty Stargazing and Skywatching facts for September. You can see their blog here.

# 3 Celtic practice seems more romantic to call it a wine moon: Michigan’s Star Lord Historian Mary Stewart Adams has a regular show on Interlochan Public Radio called “The Storyteller’s Night Sky”. In her recent piece, she describes how the Celts call this moon a full wine moon, and gives a little history of it:

“To describe this name, what I’ve come to imagine is that the wine moon is named because the Sun is still setting in the vicinity of the constellation Virgo, where we find the star vindematrix Huh. Vindemiatrix is ​​the grape-gatherer, described as the “fruit-plucking herald”, who suggests that the wine carries a cryptic message. “

You can listen to a recording of Stewart’s show here.

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