Witness the Full Harvest Moon Eclipse Friday! Watch as the Moon Moves into Earth’s Shadow.
The Full Moon nearest the autumn equinox is named the Harvest Moon since, during this month, the Moon helps the harvest by providing more light at the right time than other Full Moons do.
Learn more about why this Moon is different in our article, the “What is the Harvest Moon?”
LIVE Harvest Moon Show!
On Friday, September 16, at 9:45 AM PDT | 12:45 PM EDT | 16:45 UTC, The Old Farmer’s Almanac is partnering with Slooh to host a broadcast of the Harvest Moon. Watch the live feed below!
Slooh will be teaming up with global feed partners in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Western Australia, where the eclipse is will be visible, to bring viewers the live lunar show from start to finish.
Learn what causes a Lunar Eclipse and the differences between a Total Lunar Eclipse and this week’s Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. Bob Berman, Slooh Astronomer and Astronomy Editor for The Old Farmer’s Almanac, will also be on hand to discuss the odd ways the Moon moves around our home planet, leading to these different eclipses throughout the year. He and Paul will also explore recent headlines that suggest our nearest neighbor’s origins were more violent than previously thought.
Janice Stillman, Editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, will offer insights into the history and folklore surrounding the Harvest Moon. They’ll discuss the different names the September Moon has been given by different cultures, and delve into some of the cultural stories and traditions surrounding the Harvest Moon, and the annual harvests associated with it.
Watch the live stream below on FRIDAY, September 16, 12:45 PM (EDT)
Live Stream starts: 9:45 AM PDT ¦ 12:45 PM EDT ¦ 16:45UTC
Live Stream ends: 2:00 PM PDT ¦ 5:00 PM EDT ¦ 21:00UTC
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More September Moon Names
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 this is the time to harvest and thresh the ripened barley.
- “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 Americans
Photo Credit: Almanac reader, Robin Osbon
Moon Phases for September 2016
For Moon fans, September, 2016 will provide plenty of Moon action! The month begins and ends with a New Moon, with the Full Moon precisely sandwiched in between, on the 16th day.
Here are Moon phase dates and times (ET). See the Moon Phase Calendar for your city’s dates and times.
|New Moon: September 1, 5:03 A.M.|
|First Quarter: September 9, 7:49 A.M.|
|Full Moon: September 16, 3:05 P.M.|
|Last Quarter: September 23, 5:56 A.M.|
|New Moon: September 30, 8:11 P.M.|
For your next full Moon, see our Full Moon Dates chart.
September Full Harvest 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 2016
Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in September.
- Aboveground crops: 1, 2
- Belowground crops: 19, 20, 28, 29
For Setting Eggs:
- 12, 13, 21, 22
- 1-16, 30
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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