At 6.22am BST on September 2, a new Full Moon will rise, treating stargazers to another lunar display. September’s Full Moon is known as the Full Corn Moon or Harvest Moon, and will continue to appear at its maximum in the evening of September 2.
September’s Full Moon gets its name as it is the time of the year when crops are harvested.
The Harvest Moon is also the closest Moon to the autumnal equinox.
Another reason the Full Corn Moon is perfect for harvesting is because it tends to rise slightly later on in the night.
Theoretically, this means farmers can work later and yield more crops.
The Farmer’s Almanac said: “This full Moon name is attributed to Native Americans because it marked when corn was supposed to be harvested.
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“Usually the Full Moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the Moon seems to rise at nearly the same time each night: just 25 to 30 minutes later across the US, and only 10 to 20 minutes later for much of Canada and Europe.
“Most often, the September full Moon is actually the Harvest Moon, which is the full Moon that occurs closest to the fall equinox.
“Corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice the chief Indian staples are now ready for gathering.”
The Royal Greenwich Observatory added: “September’s Full Corn Moon is so called because this is when crops are gathered at the end of the summer season.
“At this time, the Moon appears particularly bright and rises early, letting farmers continue harvesting into the night.
“This Moon is also sometimes named the Barley Moon, and it is often the nearest Full Moon to the autumnal equinox, earning the title of ‘Harvest Moon’.”
The Full Moon phase marks the exact moment the Moon’s Earth-facing side is totally illuminated by the Sun.
As the Moon orbits both the Earth and the Sun, different amounts of the side of the Moon we see are lit up.
This shifting luminance is called the Lunar Cycle, which lasts approximately 29.5 days from one New Moon to the next.
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Here are all of the 13 named Full Moons, with the second Full Moon in a month known as a Blue Moon, of this year, with the date they will peak:
January 10 – Full Wolf Moon
February 9 – Full Snow Moon
March 9 – Full Worm Moon
April 8 – Full Pink Moon
May 7 – Full Flower Moon
June 5 – Full Strawberry Moon
July 5 – Full Buck Moon
August 3 – Full Sturgeon Moon
September 2 – Full Corn Moon
October 1 – Full Hunter’s Moon
October 31 – Blue Moon
November 30 – Full Beaver’s Moon
December 30 – Full Cold Moon