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The next full moon is the harvest moon.

Stargazers can see it when it appears opposite the Sun at Earth-based longitude at 5:59 a.m. ET on Saturday morning.

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It will be Friday evening in the Hawaii time zone and west of the International Date Line

NASA said the moon will be full for about three days from Thursday evening to Sunday morning.

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Full “Harvest Moon” and corn stalks in October.
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The full moon is also called barley moon, corn moon, mid-autumn and mooncake.

Barley comes from moon barley harvest and threshing. The harvest moon is the closest full moon to the autumnal equinox.

Another European name is fruit moon, because several fruits ripen at the end of summer.

A crop moon near NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

A crop moon near NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
(Credit: NASA/Debbie McCallum)

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According to the Maine Farmer’s Almanac, the Algonquin tribes of what is now the northeastern United States called it the Corn Moon, because it was their time to harvest corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice.

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The full moon, also known as the harvest moon, rises over Birmingham at sunset on Monday.  Photo date: Monday September 20, 2021.

The full moon, also known as the harvest moon, rises over Birmingham at sunset on Monday. Photo date: Monday September 20, 2021.
((Jacob King/PA Photo via Getty Images))

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Although, the moon rises about 50 minutes later each night, the time around the harvest moon is shorter.

During the fall harvest season, farmers sometimes have to work late into the night under the moonlight.

This moon coincides with the Mid-Autumn Festival, Chuseok, the first of the two Japanese Tsukimi Festivals, the Honey Full Moon Festival, and the beginning of the Pitru Festival.

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