When to See the Harvest Moon This Week

The harvest moon, one of the more well-known full moons we experience each year, will occur on Saturday even if it isn't a supermoon this year.

This full moon is neither extraordinary nor even out of the norm. In fact, after four straight supermoons dating back to May, it's probably the least interesting full moon we've seen in months.

The harvest moon, which historically marks the end of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, is known by one of the least enigmatic full moon nicknames.

According to NASA, the name has a European origin and has been used since at least 1706 there.

The harvest moon is occasionally referred to as the full moon in September, but technically speaking, it is the full moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox, which this year is September 22.

This full moon has also been referred to as the fruit moon or the barley moon in Europe, names that connect it once more to the Northern Hemisphere's periodic fall harvest. 

 For the same reason, Algonquin tribes in America have also referred to it as the "corn moon."

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