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.
A harvest Moon!
And on the mats-
Shadows of pine boughs.
–Takarai Kikaku, Japanese poet (1661-1707)
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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
Each month, we will explain the traditional names of the full Moon along with some fascinating Moon facts. In this video, learn about the Full Corn Moon, and why the Moon rides high or rides low. Click below to watch video.
Best Days in September 2014
Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon's sign and phase in September.
- Aboveground crops: 4, 5
- Belowground crops: 12, 13
For Setting Eggs:
- 5-7, 14, 15
- 1-8, 24-30
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.
- Farmers can take advantage of the moonlight at this time of year and continue their day's work in harvesting crops.
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