Hey, everyone. It’s time for the ninth in a series of posts about the names of full moons. If you missed the other posts of this series, you can click the following links.
- The Wolf Moon (January)
- The Snow Moon (February)
- The Worm Moon (March)
- The Pink Moon (April)
- The Flower Moon (May)
- The Strawberry Moon (June)
- The Thunder Moon (July)
- The Sturgeon Moon (August)
This year’s September full moon is the Harvest Moon. I say this year because the Harvest Moon sometimes occurs in October. Want to know why? Read on.
- The Harvest Moon is the name given to the full moon closest to the autumn equinox. Most years it falls in September, but every three years happens in October. When the Harvest Moon occurs in October, the September moon is usually known as the Corn Moon because it’s the time to harvest corn.
- The full moon is the brightest object in the night sky. It has an apparent magnitude (the measure of a space object´s brightness as seen by an observer on Earth) of -12.74 compared with the sun’s magnitude of -26.74.
- Folk-Rock singer Neil Young wrote and recorded a song titled “Harvest Moon.” If you’re interested in the video, click here.
- The September moon is sometimes called “The Leaves Turning Moon.”
- The Harvest Moon is today, September 20.
- This year’s autumn equinox is September 22
The full moon has been thought to cause insanity and even more famously, lycanthropy. One of the most popular beliefs was that a man or woman could turn into a werewolf if he or she, on a certain Wednesday or Friday, slept outside on a summer night with the full moon shining directly on his or her face.
Do you have a favorite song about the moon? Please share in the comments.