The Full Corn Moon
The full Moon for September 2020 is the Full Corn Moon. (This year the Harvest Moon does NOT fall in September.) See what the Corn Moon means—plus, Moon phase dates, Best Days by the Moon, folklore, and more!
Moon Phases for September 2020
Here are Moon phase dates and times (EDT) for the month of September. Check our Moon Phase Calendar for dates and times in your city.
|Full Moon: September 2, 1:22 A.M. EDT|
|Last Quarter: September 10, 5:26 A.M. EDT|
|New Moon: September 17, 7:00 A.M. EDT|
|First Quarter: September 23, 9:55 P.M. EDT|
When is the next full Moon? Consult our Full Moon Calendar to find out.
September Full Moon Names
Historically, Native Americans gave a name to each month’s full Moon, naming it in relation to a natural event or sign of the season. This aided them in tracking the progression of the year. Different peoples had different names, reflecting the area where they lived.
One such name for the September full Moon was the Full Corn Moon because it traditionally corresponded with the time of harvesting corn. It was also called the Barley Moon, as this is the time to harvest and thresh ripened barley.
Other full Moon names for this month include:
- “Moon When the Plums Are Scarlet” by the Lakota Sioux.
- “Moon When the Deer Paw the Earth” by the Omaha.
- “Moon When the Calves Grow Hair” by the Sioux.
Not a Harvest Moon This Year
The full Moon that happens nearest to the autumnal equinox (September 22 or 23) takes on the name “Harvest Moon” rather than a traditional name. Harvest Moon is an astronomical term and the event may take place in September or October. In 2020, the Harvest Moon rises in October. Learn more about the Harvest Moon.
The Harvest Moon provides the most light at the time of year when it was traditionally needed most: during the harvest!
September Full Moon Video
Why does the Moon ride high or low in the sky? Find out the answer to this question—and learn more about September’s Full Moon—in this entertaining video.
Photo Credit: Almanac reader, Robin Osbon
Best Days in September 2020
Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in September.
- Aboveground crops: 17, 24, 25
- Belowground crops: 6, 7, 8
For Canning and Pickling:
- 11, 12
- September 17–October 1
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 later 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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