Full Corn Moon Peaked Today But You Can Still See It From The UK
There's a Full Corn Moon out tonight, LADs. It was knocking around this morning too (Wednesday 2 September) but you might have missed that.
So if you're a fan of stargazing - or just generally admiring the moon - you don't want to miss this spectacle.
The moon peaked earlier this morning at 6.22am - however, it's going to be visible until Thursday (3 September).
NASA explained: "The next full Moon will peak after midnight on Wednesday morning, Sept. 2, 2020, appearing 'opposite' the Sun (in Earth-based longitude) at 1.22am EDT.
"The Moon will appear full for about three days around this time, from Monday evening through Thursday morning."
You won't need anything special - like that telescope you bought during lockdown - because you can see the moon with the naked eye (unless you wear glasses/contacts, in which case it's probably worth getting them involved).
According to Forbes, you can see the Moon looking orange whenever it's close to the horizon, so moonset and moonrise are your best bets.
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The 'Corn Moon' has also been referred to as 'Harvest Moon', 'Barley Moon' and 'Fruit Moon', and will have a tinge of orange before gradually changing to pale yellow.
NASA explained: "The Maine Farmer's Almanac first published Native American names for the full Moons in the 1930s. Over time these names have become widely known and used.
"According to this almanac, as the full Moon in September and the last full Moon of summer, the Algonquin tribes in what is now the northeastern USA called this the Corn Moon, as this was the time for gathering their main staple crops of corn, pumpkins, squash, beans and wild rice.
"European names for this full Moon are the Fruit Moon, as a number of fruits ripen as the end of summer approaches, and the Barley Moon, from the harvesting and threshing of the barley."
If you happen to be working or busy tonight (in a prison cell with no windows), there's not long to wait for another lunar spectacle - you can catch the blue moon which will appear this Halloween.
On 31 October 2020, the blue moon will be visible for the first time since 31 March 2018. It will be the last blue moon to fall on Halloween until 2039.
A 'blue moon' refers to there being two full moons within the space of one calendar month. So unlike a blood moon or a super moon, in which the physical appearance of the moon is - or at least appears to be - altered, this just means there will be two full moons in October.
The first will fall on the first day of the month, and the second on the last.
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