Usually, the September full moon is known as a Harvest Moon, signaling the beginning of Autumn. This year, though, the equinox kicking of fall occurs on September 22. Therefore, tonight’s full moon is a Corn Moon. October’s will be the Harvest Moon, reports Live Science.
According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the name “Full Corn Moon” came from Native Americans. They named the moon because it falls near the time of corn harvesting. In the UK, they typically refer to this moon as the “Fruit Moon,” says Forbes.
To get the most impressive view of the moon, CNN meteorologist Judson Jones suggests seeing it low on the horizon. He tells the news site, “When the moon is low on the horizon, it allows you to capture the view with objects in the foreground, making the moon appear bigger.” Jones suggests if you watch as the moon peaks over a skyline, the comparison of objects “will make it feel that much bigger and give it more impact.”
Forbes says viewing it right as it rises at dusk, with a clear view of the eastern horizon is ideal. This timing is best to “see the delicate orangey hues.”
Moonrise is the easiest way to see tonight’s large moon. Stargazers wanting to see the moon at complete fullness, though, can spot it at its peak around 1:22 am ET.
If you miss the moon tonight, fear not, as you can see it early tomorrow morning. Forbes reports watching the moonset, close to the time of sunrise, is just as impressive as the moonrise. Wednesday morning’s moonset gives stargazers another opportunity to see the Corn Moon.