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. See the Moon Phase dates below.
The bright morning ‘star’ you’ll see from the 24th to the 30th is Mercury, which will be hovering above the crescent Moon on the 29th.
September is known for the change it brings; this year’s Autumn Equinox ushers our part of the world from Summer to Fall on September 22, 2016 at 10:21 A.M. (ET).
The Harvest Moon
The Full Moon nearest the autumnal 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 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 this 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 Americans
Photo credit: Almanac reader, Robin Osbon
Moon Phases for September 2016
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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