corn moon 2020

Rare corn moon will light up Canadian skies and it only happens every 3 years

A corn moon is set to make 2020 just a little bit better by treating stargazers to a magical experience this September.

The stunning full moon only occurs ever three years.

Fortunately, Canadians won't have to wait long to see the rare astronomical event; it's set to take place on Wednesday, Sept. 2. around 1:20 AM ET.

A corn moon occurs when the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox, known as the harvest moon, happens in October, according to the Farmer's Almanac.

Last year, September's full moon was a harvest moon, which takes place in two out of three years. However, this year's full moon in October falls closest to the autumn equinox.

That means September's full moon will be a corn moon.

The name "corn moon" comes from Indigenous culture, marking the time of year when corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice were ready for harvesting.

The harvest moon was given its name because farmers needed its silvery light to work late into the night harvesting crops.

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