The last full moon of summer will arrive early Wednesday, setting up a blue moon in October.

The September full moon is usually referred to as the harvest moon, but this year is called the corn moon for just one of the season’s crops.

The 2020 September full moon is simply too early to be a true harvest moon, according to the Farmers’ Almanac, which says the title goes to the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox, the first day of fall, on Sept. 22.

That means the next full moon on Oct. 1 will be the harvest moon.

And that in turn sets up a blue moon: A second October full moon, the hunter’s moon, will appear on Halloween, Oct. 31.

In the meantime, the corn moon will rise at 8:12 p.m. Tuesday and officially reach its full phase at 1:22 a.m. Wednesday before setting at 7:39 a.m. Unfortunately, as of Saturday, the Lehigh Valley weather forecast for that night calls for mostly cloudy skies and showers.

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Steve Novak may be reached at snovak@lehighvalleylive.com.

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