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This Week's Full Moon is Last Before the Equinox, Here's Why its Also Called the Corn Moon

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The Full moon in the month of September is traditionally called the ‘Harvest Moon’.

Every alternate lunar fortnight of the month is observed as the Full Moon when the Moon is in its full glory. The Full Moon comes after the waxing period following the New Moon. If you are one of the avid moon gazers, you might know that the next Full Moon will be observed on Wednesday, September 2, 2020. According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), this one will be the last full moon before the autumnal equinox.

The Full moon in the month of September is traditionally called the ‘Harvest Moon’. However, a Harvest moon is the one which is the full Moon to the equinox, a day when the night and day are near to the same length, which will take place on Wednesday, September 22, this year.

So, technically, the Full moon on October 1, 2020, will be referred to as the ‘Harvest Moon.’ However, the full moon in October is generally named as the ‘Hunter’s Moon.’ This year, the October 1’s full Moon will be the ‘Harvest Moon’, whereas the October 31’s full Moon will be the ‘Hunter’s Moon.’

Meanwhile, the Full Moon on September 2 will thus be referred to as the Corn Moon. As per The Old Farmer’s Almanac, a Full Moon in September will be named as the Corn Moon only when it’s not the annual Harvest Moon.

As the name suggests for itself, the Corn Moon represents the best time for harvesting the crop. It is also referred to as the Barley Moon, as this time also marks the appropriate period to harvest and thresh ripened barley.

The timing to watch the full Moon in its glory differs for each city. In New York, the full moon will rise at 8:08 pm EDT, whereas one can watch it in Los Angeles at 8:01 pm PDT. In India, the Purnima Tithi will begin at 9:38 am on September 1 and end at 10:51 am on September 2.