Full disclosure, I can't guarantee that the Corn Moon visible late tonight will be amazing (a-MAZE-ing) but I couldn't help putting it in the title.

We're officially expecting a full moon late tonight, at 1:23 am Tuesday morning according to the Old Farmer's Almanac. This will be our last full moon of astronomical summer and the first full moon of meteorological fall.

But wait. Since this full moon is occurring in September rather than October, it's referred to as the Corn Moon. You may also hear it called the Fruit Moon or the Barley Moon.

Here's a (too scientific for my brain) explanation form News 8:

"The Harvest Moon is the name of the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox, which in this case is not the full moon in September. Instead, the full moon on Oct. 1 will be called the Harvest Moon. This year, the September full moon will be known as the Corn Moon, the Fruit Moon or the Barley Moon."

Got that?

October should be fun, and spooky.

According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, we can expect two full moons in October.

"Being full Moons, both of these autumn Moons rise above the horizon around sunset. For several days around the time of the full Harvest Moon, the Moon rises only about 30 minutes later each night. This extra light early in the evening is what makes this time of year special, and traditionally is what gave farmers extra days for harvesting beyond sunset. Hence, the name “Harvest” Moon!"

The second full moon in October will fall on -- you guessed it -- October 31st. The second full moon in a calendar month is called a Blue Moon, so this year we'll have a Blue Moon which falls on Halloween.

The year 2020 is just full of surprises, isn't it?

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