Full Corn Moon: Last chance to see it TONIGHT before it vanishes for three years

TONIGHT is your last chance to see the Corn Moon in all its glory.

September's Full Moon is so called because of the types of crops harvested at this time of year.

The Moon only gets to be called a Corn Moon every three years.

This is because each third year sees a Full Moon appear closer to the equinox, a date when day and night are exactly the same length.

The Full Moon closest to this equinox is traditionally called the Harvest Moon.

So when an extra Full Moon steps in to take this name, September's Moon can have its Corn title.

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.”

The Corn Moon technically peaked on the morning of September 2nd but will also look huge this evening.

All you need to see it is a clear view of the eastern horizon at dusk.

Stargazers in Europe and North America should be able to see the Full Moon in all its orangey glory during the night.

Full Moons occur when the whole side of the Moon that's facing Earth is lit up by the Sun's rays.

September's Moon will appear full until Thursday morning.

The different types of moons

Here are some of the most interesting moon phases and when to see them…

A Blue Moon refers to the occasion when a full Moon appears for the second time in the same month, this is very rare and the next Blue Moon should occur on Halloween in 2020.

The Harvest Moon appears around the time of the autumnal equinox when farmers tend to do their main crop harvesting.

A Supermoon appears when it is at its closest point to Earth and therefore at its brightest, the next one will appear in September.

A Blood Moon occurs during a total lunar eclipse, the next one should happen in May 2020.

Each month of the year actually has its own special full moon phenomenon, they are as follows:

 

  • January: Wolf Moon
  • February: Snow Moon
  • March: Worm Moon
  • April: Pink Moon
  • May: Flower Moon
  • June: Strawberry Moon
  • July: Buck Moon
  • August: Sturgeon Moon
  • September: Full Corn Moon
  • October: Hunter's Moon
  • November: Beaver Moon
  • December: Cold Moon.

In other space news, Nasa is tracking a huge asteroid nearly twice the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza which is hurtling towards Earth at 31,400mph.

Wormholes that let humans travel through space and time could be possible, scientists have proposed.

And, a mysterious radio signal beamed to Earth from a distant galaxy has been detected again by astronomers.

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