Full Corn Moon

See the Full Corn Moon!

August 28, 2020
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In September 2020, the full Moon is called the Full Corn Moon! This Moon follows August’s Full Sturgeon Moon.

Why Is It Called the Full Corn Moon?

September’s full Moon is called the Corn Moon because this was traditionally the month to make the final harvests of corn and wheat before the colder weather of fall sets in. 

This full Moon has also been called the “Moon When the Plums Are Scarlet” and “Moon When the Deer Paw the Earth.” Both suggest that the fruits of summer are nearing harvest and should be enjoyed soon!

The Harvest Moon

Sometimes, September’s full Moon is called the Harvest Moon instead of the Corn Moon. However, “Harvest Moon” is one of two special Moon names that is not assigned to a specific month. Instead, the name “Harvest Moon” is given to the first full Moon after the Fall Equinox (September 22, 2020). This means that the Harvest Moon may occur in either September or October!

This year, October has two full Moons: the first on October 1 and the second on October 31 (Halloween). Because October’s full Moon is closer to the equinox than September’s, October’s full Moon will be called the Harvest Moon. October’s second full Moon will be called the Hunter’s Moon.

When to See the Full Corn Moon

September’s full Moon will appear on the night of Tuesday, September 1, before reaching peak illumination at 1:23 A.M. Eastern Time on Wednesday, September 2. On Tuesday night, look toward the southeast after sunset to watch the Corn Moon rise!

Learn more about the Moon names for every month, including your birthday month!