A full “corn moon” rises tonight – and it only happens once every three years

The last full moon of summer brightens into the night sky on Tuesday. Known as the “corn moon”, it occurs only once every three years.

According to The Old Farmers Alnac, the full moon of September was named by the Algonquin tribes living in the northeastern US. He named it for the time of year when he harvested staple crops such as corn, pumpkin, squash, beans and wild rice.

According to NASA, this full moon is also known as Fruit Moon and Barley Moon in Europe, Hungry Ghost Moon in China, Binara Pura Palsalokova Poya Day in Sri Lanka and Honey Full Moon for Buddhists in Bangladesh and Thailand. For Hindus in India, it marks the end of the 10-day festival of Onam and the beginning of the Pitru Paksha, which honors their ancestors through food offerings.

NASA refers to this full moon as GRAIL Moon, LADEE Moon and OSIRIS-REx Moon respectively, marking three missions that were launched on the full moon day in 2011, 2013 and 2016 respectively.

Usually, the full moon of September is called the Harvest Moon, because it is closest to the equinox that falls on 22 September. But every third year, October brings a full moon that is closer to the equinox, allowing the full moon of September to use its traditional. Name, Corn Moon.

Harvest Moon rises behind the Statue of Liberty in New York City
The Full Harvest Moon was spotted on September 13, 2019 in New York City from Jersey City, New Jersey.

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This year, Harvest Moon will not arrive until 1 October. This means that two full moons meet on October – the other being the Blue Moon, which takes place on Halloween on October 31.

NASA said the full moon will rise after sunset on Tuesday, September 1, reaching its peak at 1:22 AM EST on Wednesday morning. The moon will appear full for around three days around this time, and skywatchers may be able to see Jupiter, Saturn, and Mercury in the night sky around this time.

“As always, wearing festive celestial attire appropriately in honor of the full moon is encouraged,” NASA said.

The space agency referred to the customs of various religions and cultures during the month, stating, “And you may want to collect your fruits, vegetables, and other staples; avoid war; remember your ancestors, apologize, and Be patient. ” Of September. “Here’s wish you have a good year!”


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