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Harvest Moon: September Full Moon Phases

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Here are highlights of the Harvest Moon for September 2014. The Almanac's monthly Moon guide keeps you informed about full Moon names, Moon phase dates, and Best Days by the Moon.

Full Moon Names

The full Moon nearest the autumnal equinox is called the Harvest Moon (see dates below). This Moon is not just the full Moon that occurs at the time of the harvest. It is the full Moon that actually helps the harvest by providing more light at the right time than other full Moons do. Learn more in our article, "Shine On, Harvest Moon."

In years when the Harvest Moon falls in October, the September full Moon is usually known as the Full Corn Moon because it traditionally corresponds with the time of harvesting corn. It is also called the Barley Moon, because it is the time to harvest and thresh the ripened barley. 

See all Full Moon names and their meanings.

Photo credit: Almanac reader, Robin Osbon

Moon Phase Dates 2014

Here are Moon phase dates and times (ET). See the Moon Phase Calendar for your city's dates and times.

First Quarter: September 2, 7:11 A.M.

Full Moon: September 8, 9:38 P.M.
Last Quarter: September 15, 10:05 P.M.
New Moon: September 24, 2:14 A.M.  

For your next full Moon, see our Full Moon Dates chart.

Full Moon Video

Why does the Moon ride high or low? Find out the answer to this question--and learn more about September's Moon in this entertaining video.

 

Best Days in September 2014

Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon's sign and phase in September.

For Harvesting:

  • Aboveground crops: 4, 5
  • Belowground crops: 12, 13

For Setting Eggs:

  • 5-7, 14, 15

For Fishing:

  • 1-8, 24-30

See Best Days for more activities.

Moon Facts & Folklore

  • Usually the Moon rises about 50 minutes later each day, but around the time of the autumnal equinox, it rises only around 30 minutes in the United States—even less in Canada.
  • Farmers can take advantage of the moonlight at this time of year and continue their day's work in harvesting crops.

Are you a Moon lover? Share your thoughts below!

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Comments

Wondering what happened to

By Jeni

Wondering what happened to the moon last night September 28th 2014. Was watching it go from a very pretty bright to the yellow & then to the blood red, It was only a crest moon but it totally changed colors then disappeared so to say. Like an eclipse but it never showed back up.? Did anyone else see it last night? 9 to 10 PMT (cst) color
changing then total dark @ 10 or just after. Looked for it all way up to 1 am.

Jeni, i was wondering exactly

By bren kane

Jeni, i was wondering exactly the same thing. That's why i went on this site to see if anyone had an answer to the self same question. Lo and behold you asked the same one! Sadly no answer yet. I'm looking out now and cannot see the new moon. Any answers anyone?

No replies yet :( Samething

By Jeni

No replies yet :( Samething tonight moon has vanished or I'm going locco. lol was out side at 9:45 pm crest moon again then back outside @ 10:45 & no moon. Even on nights with clouds in sky you can still see light from the moon but no clouds. Strange happenings.... Moon eclipses

Interesting question! The

By Almanac Staff

Interesting question! The times and time zone that you are describing suggest that the Moon was setting, which would explain its change in color and its later disappearance.

To give some details: No lunar eclipse has been forecast for this time. The new Moon was on September 24; first quarter on October 1. So, the Moon is now a waxing crescent. Although exact timing of moonrise/set will depend on your location, I've chosen Lebanon, Missouri, for an example for Central Daylight Time. So, according to the United States Naval Observatory data, for that location, on September 28, it rose at about 11:13 am CDT and set at about 9:47 pm CDT. On September 29, the Moon rose at about 12:12 pm CDT and set at about 10:36 pm CDT. So, I'm guessing from your time zone, you wouldn't see it at 10:45 (or at 10:00 September 28) because it would have then been below the horizon.

When the Moon is setting, one sees it through a thicker atmosphere. The thicker the atmosphere, the more likely the light has to travel through dust, pollution, etc., which can scatter more of the shorter wavelengths of light, leaving the longer wavelengths, such as red, to reach your eyes. This can make the Moon appear red. Smoke from fires or volcanic ash high in the atmosphere can also change the Moon's color to reddish.

Hope this helps!

I'm really surprised that no

By JennySD

I'm really surprised that no one has mentioned the fact that the harvest moon this year on October 8th will be the 2nd blood moon of the 2014-2015 lunar tetrad, with all four of the moons landing on either Passover or Sukut (sp?), both major Jewish feasts. The first one was in April this year and was gorgeous, but it doesn't seem that the United States will be able to get much of a look at this one on October 8th, as it will be setting as the sun rises, and only above the horizon for half an hour.

The 3rd one will be in very early April, 2015, and the 4th in very late September, 2015.
And just before the 2nd one, there will be a total Solar Eclipse on March 20, 2015, the day of the Spring Equinox. I'm not sure of what part of the world will see it though. I seem to maybe recall that it could be over Australia, but I'm not sure. Bummer if it is. But mark your calendars and enjoy the beautiful blood red moons!

Is there anything special

By Berni

Is there anything special about people born under a blue moon? I was just wondering.

Since a blue Moon occurs only

By Almanac Staff

Since a blue Moon occurs only every two or three years, a birth during this time is certainly something to celebrate! As to folklore, nothing shines through as a widespread belief, although you can find some sources online that say various things.

On September 12th I was born

By moonlillys

On September 12th I was born on a full moon and it shined on me i was told that;that was very bad and unlucky. If anyone can let me know if this is true or not I would like that.

According to most folklore, a

By Almanac Staff

According to most folklore, a child born on the day of the full moon will have a long, healthy, prosperous life.

What does it mean when a baby

By Curious

What does it mean when a baby is born during the harvest moon? My little cousin was born on Monday September 8th during our huge harvest moon, just wondering if that means anything!

We have no specifics about

By Almanac Staff

We have no specifics about being born under the Harvest Moon, but folklore says babies born under any Full Moon will grow up to be strong.

WHEN WAS LAST HARVEST MOON

By MICHELLE D. YURNC HANCOCK

WHEN WAS LAST HARVEST MOON BEFORE SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 ?

The Harvest Moon last year

By Almanac Staff

The Harvest Moon last year (2013) was on September 19. See our Moon Phase Calendar which allows you to select a year and location:

http://www.almanac.com/moon/calendar

The Harvest Moon occurs ever year and is always the full Moon nearest the autumnal equinox.

I write songs. My wife was

By FM

I write songs. My wife was born on or near "THE FULL CORN MOON" in the american northeast 1973 Pennsylvania. My motherinlaw wAs miss Sweet corn queen" 40+ years ago in illinois. Any additional small details..... Will be appreciated and possible used in a field holler type work love song ballad(done with love and humor and respect)
Thank you

Hi FM, That sounds like the

By Almanac Staff

Hi FM, That sounds like the makings of a great song!  We do have a Moon Phase Calendar which allows you go go back in time and select your location. See:

http://www.almanac.com/moon/calendar

The Full Corn Moon of 1973 was on September 12 at 11:17 A.M.  Hope this helps!

Interesting! I hope that

By potsonna2

Interesting! I hope that everyone had a great and safe weekend,enjoyed the recent holiday that we've had,having a good week and has another good weekend.

I have recently begun to use

By mmkkpro

I have recently begun to use a telescope and look at the moon and stars and I gotta say wish id started long before now.The beauty is unmatched and it really makes ya wonder about if other beings are really out there.I personally believe there are billions of stars and planets just seems too big for just us either way its awsome.I hope all humans can find common ground and get along for the betterment of humanity,how special we really are slips away during everyday events,I pray for peace and freedom and equality for all human beings.

We'd love to hear what kind

By Almanac Staff

We'd love to hear what kind of telescope you use! Thank you, your Almanac editors

Well said, I agree!

By Kathy Tuman

Well said, I agree!

I will be going to arbor low

By dave lee

I will be going to arbor low for the autumn equinox.

What is "arbor low"? Have

By m.kay

What is "arbor low"? Have never heard of.
Also, I hope you have an enlightening event! And, hope you will be able to share about afterwards! Namaste'

Hi! I also wondered what

By kate bennett

Hi! I also wondered what "arbor low" meant, so I looked it up. (I thought it may have been a terminology) but in actuality, it is a site! Called a henge, it is an ancient place, believed to be very spiritual. I wish I could travel to places like this. :)

Near Buxton in Derbyshire. UK

By dave lee

Near Buxton in Derbyshire. UK

What/Where is Arbor Low?

By kimbalie

What/Where is Arbor Low?

In North America during a

By Richard Schock Sr.

In North America during a full Moon does the Moon rise or set on the Horizon at the same exact time as the Sun sets or rises on the opposite Horizon? I have been blessed to see this beautiful site a few times while driving across Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in New Orleans which runs North-South in both directions. When you get 10-13 miles out(approx. middle) and look to the left and then the right I have seen the full Moon setting on the Western Horizon as the Sun was rising on the Eastern Horizon. A very awesome and beautiful site on water..

The Full Moon rises in the

By Almanac Staff

The Full Moon rises in the part of the sky approximately opposite from where the Sun sets (since the Sun is  illuminating the full face of the Moon at this phase). However, the moonrise does not usually occur precisely at the time of sunset. Check Almanac.com for the exact time for your area:

http://www.almanac.com/astronomy/
 
Also, the exact moment when the Moon is completely full may not occur at moonrise (and could be off a few hours).
 
However, the "full" Moon will rise near sunset, and whether exactly full or not, it is indeed a lovely sight.
 

Mushroom Full Moon is when

By Darko

Mushroom Full Moon is when the first full moon of autumn. By 2030 the mushroom full moon occurred these days. On 19.10.2013, 8.10.2014, 28.9.2015, 16.10.2016, 5.10.2017, 25.9.2018, 13.10.2019, 1.10.2020, 20.10.2021, 9.10.2022, 29.9.2023, 17.10.2024, 7.10.2025, 26.9.2026, 15.10.2027, 3.10.2028, 22.10.2029 and 11.10.2030.

How did you know this

By Scotty167

How did you know this

Excellent, love the moon

By Dave Ragion

Excellent, love the moon video every month

I WAS BORN ON THE FULL MOON.

By audrey ballon

I WAS BORN ON THE FULL MOON. AS THE FULL MOON APPROACHES I DREAM AND TWO DAYS LATER I KNOW WHY I DREAMED A CERTAIN THING.

Audrey, You were born on the

By TommyD

Audrey, You were born on the full moon? hehe
How did you breathe?!

Is there a reason why, on

By Anonymous11

Is there a reason why, on some websites, the date for the new moon is September 15th and others say the 16th :?

Good question. It depends on

By Catherine Boeckmann

Good question. It depends on where you live in the world. However, the new Moon is on the 15th in North American. See: http://www.almanac.com/moon/calendar

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