Zany moon monikers: October’s ‘Blue Moon’ and other lunar terms explained

It would seem in our 21st century world, that most everything needs to be branded. That is exactly the case this month regarding the moon, especially since this is a “double full moon month.” 

The full moon of Oct. 1 acquired the title of “Harvest Moon” because it was the full moon occurring nearest in the calendar to the autumnal equinox. Usually the September full moon gets that title, but this year it came much too early (on Sept. 2). There are other versions of this rule that the Harvest Moon is the full moon that comes either at or after the equinox, which would also put it in October more often than not. 

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