SEATTLE — The glow of the final full moon of summer will fill the sky Tuesday night.
The September full moon is usually called the Harvest Moon, but this year it is called the Full Corn Moon (or the Fruit or Barley Moon to name a few).
The moon will be 100% full at 10:22 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, September 1, 2020.
September's full moon is typically called the Harvest Moon; however, that is not the case this year.
The Harvest moon is defined as the full moon closest to the fall equinox. September’s full moon is 21 days from the fall equinox, but there is a full moon on October 1 – which is only nine days from the fall equinox. So, this year the Harvest Moon will be in October.
But what becomes of the Hunter’s Moon, which is normally the name of the full moon in October?
There is a second full moon in October, just in time for Halloween on October 31. Since it will be the second full moon in a calendar month, it will be called a Blue Moon, and for many, it will also be called the Hunter’s Moon.
"One such name for the September full moon was the Full Corn Moon because it traditionally corresponded with the time of harvesting corn in what is now the northeastern United States," according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.
Hopefully, the weather will cooperate so we can enjoy this harvest of full moons!