The Full Moon for September 2015 is a big event! It brings the nearest Supermoon of the year and a total lunar eclipse that will be visible across North America!
Best Supermoon of Year
This year, the Full Moon is a “perigee” Moon—which means that the day the Full Moon rises happens to also coincide with the day when the Moon is nearest to Earth in its orbit.
A recent popular tern for a “perigee” full Moon is a “Supermoon.” A bit catchier, perhaps?
September's Supermoon is ALSO the nearest Supermoon of the entire year. It will appear as the largest and brightest Moon of the year.
When this happens, there are some physical effects, such as elevated tides.
Total Eclipse of the Moon
Further, the year's BEST lunar eclipse for North America unfolds on the 27th! Totality begins at 10:11 P.M. (ET) and ends at 11:24 P.M. (ET). See our Eclipse page for more information.
The Harvest Moon
Aside from all this action, we always call the full Moon nearest the autumnal equinox the Harvest Moon. Why? During this month, the Moon 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.
More September Moon Names
- “Moon When the Plums Are Scarlet” by the Lakota Sioux Native Americans.
- “Moon When the Deer Paw the Earth” by the Omaha Native Americans.
- “Moon When the Calves Grow Hair” by the Sioux Native Americansd
Photo credit: Almanac reader, Robin Osbon
September Moon Dates 2015
Here are Moon phase dates and times (ET). See the Moon Phase Calendar for your city's dates and times.
Last Quarter: September 5, 5:54 A.M.
||New Moon: September 13, 2:41 A.M.|
||First Quarter: September 21, 4:59 A.M.|
|Full Moon: September 27, 10:50 P.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 Full Moon in this entertaining video.
Best Days in September 2015
Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon's sign and phase in September.
- Aboveground crops: 21-23
- Belowground crops: 2, 3, 30
For Setting Eggs:
- 5, 6, 23, 24
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.
- Frost occurring in the dark of the moon kills fruit buds and blossoms, but frost in the light of the moon will not.
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