Skywatchers are in for a treat this week when the Full Corn Moon lights up in the sky.
NASA states on its website, “The next full moon will appear on Wednesday morning, after midnight, on September 2, 2020 at 1:22 pm EDT opposite the Sun (longitude on Earth).” “The moon will appear full for about three days at this time, from Monday evening to Thursday morning.”
Citing the almanac of the Maine farmer, NASA noted that the Algonquin tribes in the Northeast US call the September full moon and the last full moon of summer the corn moon. “It was time to gather their main staple crops of corn, pumpkin, squash, beans, and wild rice,” explains Space.
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According to the Space Agency, the European names for the September full moon are Fruit Moon and Barley Moon.
The September full moon this year, however, will not be a harvest moon. “The full moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox (22 September or 23 September) is always named after the ‘Harvest Moon’ rather than the traditional name – a rule that often places the Harvest Moon in the month of September,” Old says the farmer’s almanac “However, when the full moon of September occurs in the early months of the month, the early moon of October is closer to the equinox of the full autumn and so is on the title Harvest Moon instead.”
Sturgeon moon was on August full moon of last month. In July, the stunning full-buck Moon thrilled SkyWatchers on July 4.
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NASA tells where other planets will appear in the sky at the time of full corn moon. “As the early morning twilight begins on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 (5:39 pm EDT for the Washington, DC area), the bright planet Venus will appear approximately 29 degrees above the east horizon,” it said. Says on its website. “Mars will appear in the southwest about 52 degrees above the horizon.”
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