Full Harvest Moon

What is special about a Harvest Moon?

September 24, 2019
Full Moon for September
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In September 2019, the full Moon is called the “Full Harvest Moon.” This Moon is the one that is nearest to the “autumnal equinox”—the start of fall in the Northern Hemisphere and the start of spring in the Southern Hemisphere!

The September Moon is also traditionally called the Full Corn Moon or Full Barley Moon by some Native American tribes because this is the traditional time to harvest corn and barley.

This year, the full Harvest Moon rises the night of Friday, September 13–14. (Yes, that’s Friday the 13th! Spooky!) 

What is special about the Harvest Moon? For several days, this Moon rises right after sunset so the skies stay bright from sunset to moonrise! All this light gives farmers more time to harvest right when they need it. Cool, right?

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