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Full Moon graces the Tri-State sky Friday

Why it's called the 'Full Corn Moon'
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Posted at 6:00 AM, Sep 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-16 07:37:25-04

It's been a beautiful week to view the moon, but Friday it's officially full.

Technically the moon is full as of 3:07 p.m.

This month's full moon is called the Full Corn Moon. The Old Farmer's Almanac says that the moon gets this name because it corresponds with the time of year when corn is ready to be harvested. Moonlight was used by prior generations to stay in the field later and continue harvesting the crop. Now farmers just have better lighting systems.

If you've traveled to Ohio, Indiana or Illinois lately, you know that the corn crop is slowly turning brown and will be ready to harvest soon.

Corn is almost ready to harvest.

You may also hear this moon referred to as the Full Harvest Moon. Any time the full moon is near the autumnal equinox (first day of fall) it earns this moniker. This year the full moon and first day of fall are only six days apart.