Best times to see the corn moon


It’s that time of year when the air gets a bit cooler, pumpkin decor pops up in stores, and the Corn Moon fills the sky.

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A full “corn moon” rises above a large metal sculpture on the campus of the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

The Corn Moon takes its name from the Native Americans, according to Farmers Almanac. This moon was an indicator that it was time to harvest corn.


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This moon can be confusing as it can also be referred to as the harvest moon, or the moon that occurs closest to the fall equinox. Depending on the year and when the moon phase falls, it can be both.

When can you see it?

The corn moon usually appears in September, but every two or three years it appears in October. This year, you will be able to see all the beauty of this moon starting September 2 at around 1:22 a.m. ET.

CNN meteorologist Judson Jones said his favorite time to watch the full moon is when it rises over the eastern horizon.

“When the moon is low on the horizon, it allows you to capture the view with objects in the foreground, making the moon appear larger,” Jones said.

“Let’s say you’re in the city and looking between a few buildings or above the skyline, that’ll make it a lot bigger and give it more impact. “

Which moon is next?

As the Harvest Moon and Corn Moon are different this year, the Harvest Moon will be the next full moon scheduled for October 1.

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