Once every three years, the September full moon arrives very early. As the event takes place around the start of the month, this full moon is known under the name of corn moon, instead of the usual harvest moon.
The name comes from the East Coast harvest period, as some farmers used to work under its bright light to gather the crops faster before cold weather comes. As the autumnal equinox takes place on September 22, October’s full moon will be the harvest moon.
As in the case of other full moons, the current one will shine bright for three days, starting with August 31 and lasting until the morning of September 3. Full moons take place when the sun, Earth, and the moon are aligned, with the sun being able to fully illuminate the half of the moon, which is aimed towards Earth.
It is easy to admire the moon with naked eyes due to its sheer size, and a pair of binoculars will offer the opportunity to spot some details like major craters and higher mountain ridges. Those who want to admire more details can use a telescope.
Other visible planets
Jupiter and Saturn are also visible on the night sky. While they were more visible in July, when they reached their opposition, they remain brighter than usual and can still offer an interesting view, especially if a telescope can be used.
Two full moons will be visible in October, with the harvest moon arriving at the start of the month while a hunter moon will be visible during Halloween, adding a bit of extra flair to the spooky holiday. In this case, the name comes from the reddish tint of the moon, which is similar to the color of blood, and it marked an intense hunting season during which prey was obtained and stored for winter.