The August Full Moon will be glowing in the night sky this weekend

This weekend, the full moon of August 2021 will shine brightly in the night sky, and it will be a "blue moon." But it's not the kind of blue moon you're thinking of.

The August full moon was known as the green corn moon by some Native American tribes, as it marked the beginning of the corn harvesting season in some parts of the United States.

According to, some tribes still hold a Green Corn Ceremony or Green Corn Festival when their corn crops begin to ripen, which is a time of “community building, rekindling friendships, reconciliation, purification, restoring balance, making new beginnings, and giving praise and thanksgiving to God.”

When is the full moon in August?

The August moon will reach its fullest phase in the morning — at 8:01 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 22 — in the New York City area. As a result, we won't be able to see it until it begins to rise in the east-southeastern sky around 8:20 p.m. Sunday, about 35 minutes after the sun sets.

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