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A rare ‘corn moon’ is rising tomorrow night

September’s full moon is a special kind that only happens once every three years

Ellie Walker-Arnott
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Ellie Walker-Arnott

Can’t believe it’s September already? Neither can we, but the full moon is rising tomorrow to welcome in the new calendar month – and (whisper it) the start of a new season. 

September’s full moon is usually called the ‘harvest moon’, because it’s the moon that falls closest to the equinox on September 22 – but this year the October full moon will get that moniker instead. (That’s unusual: it only happens once every three years.)

This week’s moon, which will rise in skies tomorrow (September 2) night, is instead called a ‘corn moon’. Other names include ‘fruit’ and ‘barley’ moon, all of which come from this moon’s association with the end of summer and the start of the harvest season in the northern hemisphere at this time of year.

The moon will peak on September 2 but will appear full and bright all week, clear skies allowing. 

If you’re into that kind of thing, this full ‘corn moon’ is also ‘in Pisces’, according to astrology, which means you might feel a little more emotional around this month’s full moon. So it might not just be the start of another month in lockdown-limbo that’s making that’s making you sad if you find yourself welling up while gazing skywards. 🌝

What else is going on in the night’s sky? Here are the celestial events to look out for in 2020.

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