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A stunning full 'corn moon' is set to illuminate Vancouver skies on Tuesday

Stagazers across Canada will be treated to a dazzling full corn moon this September, which only happens once in every three years.
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Ready for some more moon magic?

Stargazers across Canada will be treated to a dazzling full corn moon this September, which only happens once in every three years.

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

According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, "this full Moon name is attributed to Native Americans because it marked the time when corn was supposed to be harvested."

The Harvest Moon gets was given its name because farmers needed its silvery light to harvest crops. It has since inspired a rather dreamy, beautiful song by Canadian icon Neil Young, too.

The Old Farmer's Almanac also notes that Native peoples would give distinctive names to each reoccurring full moon to mark the change of seasons. As such, many of these names arose when Native Americans first interacted with colonialists. Another common name for the September full moon is the the fully barley moon.

The September moon will be at its fullest in Vancouver on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 10:23 p.m. 

Stargazers should opt to travel as far away from city lights as possible in order to avoid light pollution that will obscure the clarity of heavenly bodies. While this works best in more remote places, anywhere that has a higher elevation will also provide more ideal viewing conditions.

 

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