Great news for all the stargazers out there!
A ‘corn moon’ is rolling into town and hitting up Chicago skies. The moon technically reached its peak in the wee hours of this morning (September 2), but it should still be quite bright and stunning tonight. [Featured Image: jcsullivan24, Flickr]
According to experts, the best time to catch it is between when the sun sets at 6:27 pm CDT and when the full moon rises at 7:08 p.m. EDT, but just remember to look up to the skies any time after dark for a glimpse (if some of these clouds pass, that is!). This celestial event only tends to happen once every few years. [Featured Image: Instagram @the_acphotos]
So, lovers of space and stars, prepare your deck chairs because the final full moon of the summer is going to be a sight to behold.
According to NASA, the name ‘corn moon’ came about in the 1930s, when Maine Farmers Almanac published older native-American names for full moons.
“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,” they explained.
“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.”
So, set your alarms and take in the stunning full moon while you can.