Beyond the Weather – Harvest Moon

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - The weather across eastern Iowa has been very quiet. Any time we have strong tropical activity, the weather throughout the upper Midwest tends to slow down. With that in mind, we have had consistently clear nights. This provides us several days in a row to look beyond the weather.

The full moon for the month of September occurred on Wednesday. A bright waning moon will be with us through the weekend. Many have asked me if this was our Harvest Moon. In fact, it was not.

This month, our full moon was known as a Corn or Barley Moon. The Harvest Moon is the full moon nearest to the autumnal equinox. This year, the astronomical start to the fall season is on September 22. The October full moon occurs on October 5 and is the closest to the equinox. This makes our October full moon this year’s Harvest Moon.

Happy stargazing!