Full Moon for September 2019

The Full Harvest Moon

January 2, 2019
Full Harvest Moon - OFA
Colleen Quinnell/The Old Farmer's Almanac

The full Moon for September 2019 is once again the “Harvest Moon.” See what this means—plus, Moon phase dates, Best Days by the Moon, folklore, and more!

Moon Phases for September 2019

Here are Moon phase dates and times (EDT). See the Moon Phase Calendar for your city’s dates and times.

First Quarter: September 5, 11:10 P.M.
Full Moon: September 14, 12:33 A.M.
Last Quarter: September 21, 10:41 P.M.
New Moon: September 28, 2:26 P.M.

For your next full Moon, see our Full Moon Dates chart.

September Full Moon Names

The Harvest Moon

This year, the September full Moon is called the Harvest Moon. Unlike other full Moon names, which are specific to their respective months, the Harvest Moon is tied to an astronomical event: the autumnal equinox. The full Moon that falls nearest to the equinox (September 22) takes on the name “Harvest Moon,” rather than its traditional name. (This means that a Harvest Moon could occur in either September or October.)

The Harvest Moon provides the most light at the time when it’s needed most—to complete the harvest!

Other Full Moon Names

Historically, the Native Americans who lived in the area that is now the northern and eastern United States (where early Colonists lived) kept track of the seasons by giving a distinct name to each reoccurring full Moon. This name was applied to the entire month in which it occurred. These names, and some variations, were Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior.

The common September Moon name was the Full Corn Moon because it traditionally corresponds 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 include:

  • 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

Learn more about Full Moon names and their traditional meanings.

The Full Corn Moon. Graphic by Colleen Quinnell/The Old Farmer's Almanac.

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 2019

Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in September.

For Harvesting:

  • Aboveground crops: 7, 8, 9
  • Belowground crops: 17, 18

For Canning and Pickling:

  • 22, 23

For Fishing:

  • 1–14, 28–30

See Best Days for more activities.


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.

Are you a full Moon lover? Share your thoughts below!

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I'm really surprised that no

I'm really surprised that no one has mentioned the fact that the harvest moon this year on October 8th will be the 2nd blood moon of the 2014-2015 lunar tetrad, with all four of the moons landing on either Passover or Sukut (sp?), both major Jewish feasts. The first one was in April this year and was gorgeous, but it doesn't seem that the United States will be able to get much of a look at this one on October 8th, as it will be setting as the sun rises, and only above the horizon for half an hour.

The 3rd one will be in very early April, 2015, and the 4th in very late September, 2015.
And just before the 2nd one, there will be a total Solar Eclipse on March 20, 2015, the day of the Spring Equinox. I'm not sure of what part of the world will see it though. I seem to maybe recall that it could be over Australia, but I'm not sure. Bummer if it is. But mark your calendars and enjoy the beautiful blood red moons!

Is there anything special

Is there anything special about people born under a blue moon? I was just wondering.

Since a blue Moon occurs only

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Since a blue Moon occurs only every two or three years, a birth during this time is certainly something to celebrate! As to folklore, nothing shines through as a widespread belief, although you can find some sources online that say various things.

On September 12th I was born

On September 12th I was born on a full moon and it shined on me i was told that;that was very bad and unlucky. If anyone can let me know if this is true or not I would like that.

According to most folklore, a

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According to most folklore, a child born on the day of the full moon will have a long, healthy, prosperous life.

Well, I know this isn't true.

Well, I know this isn't true. My first born grandson was born during a full moon. He passed away when he was 20 months from a rare brain disease.

My twins boys were born on

My twins boys were born on the night of a full moon too. One son is strong and healthy, the other passed away at 29 days from heart defects. I believe he will be resurrected someday and will then have a body that is perfect in form and we will live with him again. One son I will raise now and one I will have to wait a little while to be with. So I guess I believe this. :)

What does it mean when a baby

What does it mean when a baby is born during the harvest moon? My little cousin was born on Monday September 8th during our huge harvest moon, just wondering if that means anything!

We have no specifics about

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We have no specifics about being born under the Harvest Moon, but folklore says babies born under any Full Moon will grow up to be strong.



The Harvest Moon last year

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The Harvest Moon last year (2013) was on September 19. See our Moon Phase Calendar which allows you to select a year and location:
The Harvest Moon occurs ever year and is always the full Moon nearest the autumnal equinox.

I write songs. My wife was

I write songs. My wife was born on or near "THE FULL CORN MOON" in the american northeast 1973 Pennsylvania. My motherinlaw wAs miss Sweet corn queen" 40+ years ago in illinois. Any additional small details..... Will be appreciated and possible used in a field holler type work love song ballad(done with love and humor and respect)
Thank you

Hi FM, That sounds like the

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Hi FM, That sounds like the makings of a great song!  We do have a Moon Phase Calendar which allows you go go back in time and select your location. See:
The Full Corn Moon of 1973 was on September 12 at 11:17 A.M.  Hope this helps!

Interesting! I hope that

Interesting! I hope that everyone had a great and safe weekend,enjoyed the recent holiday that we've had,having a good week and has another good weekend.

I have recently begun to use

I have recently begun to use a telescope and look at the moon and stars and I gotta say wish id started long before now.The beauty is unmatched and it really makes ya wonder about if other beings are really out there.I personally believe there are billions of stars and planets just seems too big for just us either way its awsome.I hope all humans can find common ground and get along for the betterment of humanity,how special we really are slips away during everyday events,I pray for peace and freedom and equality for all human beings.

Well said, I agree!

Well said, I agree!

We'd love to hear what kind

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We'd love to hear what kind of telescope you use! Thank you, your Almanac editors

I will be going to arbor low

I will be going to arbor low for the autumn equinox.

What/Where is Arbor Low?

What/Where is Arbor Low?

Near Buxton in Derbyshire. UK

Near Buxton in Derbyshire. UK

What is "arbor low"? Have

What is "arbor low"? Have never heard of.
Also, I hope you have an enlightening event! And, hope you will be able to share about afterwards! Namaste'

Hi! I also wondered what

Hi! I also wondered what "arbor low" meant, so I looked it up. (I thought it may have been a terminology) but in actuality, it is a site! Called a henge, it is an ancient place, believed to be very spiritual. I wish I could travel to places like this. :)

In North America during a

In North America during a full Moon does the Moon rise or set on the Horizon at the same exact time as the Sun sets or rises on the opposite Horizon? I have been blessed to see this beautiful site a few times while driving across Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in New Orleans which runs North-South in both directions. When you get 10-13 miles out(approx. middle) and look to the left and then the right I have seen the full Moon setting on the Western Horizon as the Sun was rising on the Eastern Horizon. A very awesome and beautiful site on water..

The Full Moon rises in the

The Full Moon rises in the part of the sky approximately opposite from where the Sun sets (since the Sun is  illuminating the full face of the Moon at this phase). However, the moonrise does not usually occur precisely at the time of sunset. Check Almanac.com for the exact time for your area:

Also, the exact moment when the Moon is completely full may not occur at moonrise (and could be off a few hours).
However, the "full" Moon will rise near sunset, and whether exactly full or not, it is indeed a lovely sight.

Mushroom Full Moon is when

Mushroom Full Moon is when the first full moon of autumn. By 2030 the mushroom full moon occurred these days. On 19.10.2013, 8.10.2014, 28.9.2015, 16.10.2016, 5.10.2017, 25.9.2018, 13.10.2019, 1.10.2020, 20.10.2021, 9.10.2022, 29.9.2023, 17.10.2024, 7.10.2025, 26.9.2026, 15.10.2027, 3.10.2028, 22.10.2029 and 11.10.2030.

How did you know this

How did you know this

Excellent, love the moon

Excellent, love the moon video every month



Audrey, You were born on the

Audrey, You were born on the full moon? hehe
How did you breathe?!

Is there a reason why, on

Is there a reason why, on some websites, the date for the new moon is September 15th and others say the 16th :?