Full Moon Bonfire
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Sunset – 7:28 pm
Moonrise – 8:07 pm
High Tide – 9:29 pm
~ Full Corn Moon
Let’s celebrate our beautiful island’s escape from the total wrath of Dorian with a bonfire on the beach shared with friends. We will start the bonfire near sunset and will need to be out by 10:00. The bonfire will be between Boardwalk 1 and 2.
To keep things simple, each person brings what you want: food, drinks, chairs and a stick of firewood for a big bonfire. Nothing will be provided but a beautiful beach, a bonfire and, hopefully, a full moon. Please note, all that debris from Dorian is not yet ready for the bonfire so bring aged wood instead.
Put these dates for the Full Moon Bonfires on your calendar:
Sunday, October 13
Tuesday, November 12
Thursday, December 12
There’s always plenty of room on the beach for everyone, so invite a friend or bring your house guests.
-Submitted by Judy Morr
(Image credit: Glen Cox)
How the Full Moon got its name
Per Old Farmers Almanac (https://www.almanac.com/content/full-moon-names):
September: Full Corn Moon
This full moon corresponds with the time of harvesting corn. It is also called the Barley Moon, because it is the time to harvest and thresh the ripened barley. This year, the September Full Moon is also the Harvest Moon. The Harvest Moon is an astronomical name and refers to the full moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox. It can occur in either September or October.
The exact time of full moon this month occurs on September 14 at 4:33 Universal Time. At U.S. time zones, that translates to September 14, at 12:33 am EDT – yet on Friday, September 13, at 11:33 am CDT, 10:33 am. We’ll celebrate on Saturday!
It is quite rare for the whole United States to experience a full moon on Friday the 13th, which is superstitiously known as an unlucky day. The last time it happened was on October 13, 2000. And if it you miss this one, you’ll have to wait nearly three decades for it to happen again on August 13, 2049.
The upcoming Harvest Moon has also been referred to as a “micromoon” because it will appear around 14 percent smaller in the sky. This is because the moon is also nearing its apogee — the point in its nearly month-long elliptical orbit at which it is farthest away from Earth. The moon will be at apogee on Friday, September 13, at 9:32 am EDT. However, it will not appear significantly different in size to our eyes. The opposite of a “micromoon” is a “supermoon” when the the moon is at the closest point to the Earth in its orbit, called perigee.
I found another web site (http://newsclipper.hubpages.com/hub/The-Moon-Facts-Trivia-and-Folklore.) This site also says the Cherokee Indians called it the Nut Moon and the English Medieval name was Barley Moon.
Another web site (https://www.space.com/16830-full-moon-calendar.html) says the Chinese call it Chrysanthemum Moon.
-Submitted by Judy Morr