Native Americans marked what we consider to be the September full moon as the Corn Moon because it marked when corn was supposed to be harvested. Actually, corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice, which were the chief Native American staples were all ready for gathering. It was a good and bountiful time in most years.

Sometimes, the September full moon is called the Harvest Moon. The Harvest Moon is the one that occurs closest to the autumn equinox. In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in September, but in some years, like this year, it occurs in October. The equinox occurs on September 22, at 5:19 P.M. EDT, so the full moon on October 4th will be the Harvest Moon this year.

As viewed in the northern hemisphere, the full moons of September, October and November generally rises about 50 minutes later each day, as it moves in orbit around Earth.

Have you ever noticed that all full moons rise around the time of sunset?