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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 09/11/2009

The Corn Moon Rising

By Kevin Ambrose

* Nice Weather for the Weekend: Full Forecast *

The Corn Moon rises above the Marine Corps Memorial Friday evening.

A week ago today , the Full Corn Moon rose over Washington. The Corn Moon, sometimes called the Fruit Moon, occurs in late August or early September. Its name is attributed to Native Americans because it marked the time when their corn was supposed to be harvested. Our next full moon, the Harvest Moon, will rise on October 4. The Harvest Moon occurs closest to the Autumnal Equinox and follows the Corn Moon.

Keep reading for more photos.

The Corn Moon peaks through the clouds over the DC skyline Friday evening.

I had planned to photograph the moonrise on September 4 from the Netherlands Carillon, but a heavy bank of clouds on the eastern horizon blocked the view. The moon, for a moment, peaked through the clouds well above the horizon, but it took a while for it to eventually clear all of the clouds and shine brightly overhead. I moved to the Marine Corps Memorial to finish the photo shoot, once the moon became clearly visible.

The infrared satellite image shows the clouds along the East Coast Friday evening that prevented the moonrise to be visible in Washington. As the moon rose in the sky, it cleared the cloud deck that was visible on the eastern horizon.

This is what happens if you move a camera and tripod during the middle of a timed exposure. It was an accident, but the outcome was interesting.

By Kevin Ambrose  | September 11, 2009; 10:30 AM ET
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Ojibwa Indian...Manominike Giziz "Wild Rice Harvest Moon". The Minike Giziz or "Harvest Moon" is generally full in August, as the harvest occurs during late summer in the upper Great Lakes. The wild rice harvest is a bit later in the early fall.

On this date in 1931 the temperature hit 111 degrees in Beardsley, MN.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | September 11, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Kevin, is the non-smeared picture a candidate for your 2010 calendar? (hint, hint...)

Posted by: --sg | September 11, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

--sg, I had the same thought. It's almost 2010 calendar design time.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | September 11, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Would anyone tried to explain how the Native Americans named a once-a-month full moon for only one or two months out of the year (August/September), or what kind of silly "calendar" they were using to determine this? Due to scientific fact and the nature of earth/moon orbits and rotations, a classic full-moon occurs roughly once every 28 days (even if invisible due to clouds, not just once or twice a year. Perhaps this is the same mentality and belief that led to "Rain Dances".

Mind you, I'm not trying to sound rude or racist here, or criticize the Native American civilization unfairly, but the concept, at least as the thread portrays it, just seems silly.

Posted by: MMCarhelp | September 12, 2009 12:15 AM | Report abuse

MMCarhelp: Here is an explanation from the Farmer's Almanac:

Full Moon names date back to Native Americans, of what is now the northern and eastern United States. The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred. There was some variation in the Moon names, but in general, the same ones were current throughout the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior. European settlers followed that custom and created some of their own names. Since the lunar month is only 29 days long on the average, the full Moon dates shift from year to year.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | September 12, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

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