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Did You Know These Things About September?

08/25/2018 11:00AM ● By Patrick John

See You In September

September 2018
By Patrick John

SEPTEMBER IS HERE, and we’re going to have some fun with it! The kids are back in school, daylight hours are diminishing, it’s getting cooler, and we’re ready for a Full Corn Moon.

All 12 months have something special, but September is filled with interesting bits and pieces.

-The Full Corn Moon arrives Saturday, September 24 and this year, it’s also a Harvest Moon. The corn naming reference comes from Native American tribes and the time that corn was ready to be picked. As for the Harvest Moon, it is the full moon closest to the September 22 Autumnal Equinox.  Sometimes that full moon is in October, but this year the two are forced to share a name and date.

-Reset your sundial on the Autumnal Equinox, for on this day the sun rises at true due east and sets due west.  It’s just a little bit off the rest of the year.

-See if you can find anything in the British history books between September 3 and September 13 in the year 1752.  You won’t be able to, because those days didn’t exist.  Britain decided to switch from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, and that resulted in a total loss of 11 days.  The calendar jumped from September 3 directly to the 14th of the month!

-Stonehenge is hopping. The Druids gather around the circle at Stonehenge to watch the equinox sunrise. Even more spectators gather to watch the Druids celebrate harvest and prepare for the impending weather change.

-Aurora Borealis on your bucket list? Late September is a peak travel time to areas famous for viewing the Northern Lights. The Aurora Borealis season officially kicks off with the Autumnal Equinox.  Best places for an amazing sky show. Scandinavia, Iceland, Alaska and Western Canada.

-Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a mooncake.  No, not a Moonpie, a mooncake. The Chinese and other Asian cultures celebrate the Moon Festival on the day of the Harvest Moon. Tradition includes ample amounts of mooncakes, small round decorative pastries often filled with egg or fruits. Children also watch the moon closely, as the fairy living inside should be coming out to dance on the surface of the moon.

-If you’re in Chichen Itza, Mexico, look toward the main Mayan pyramid.  You’ll see the sun create a giant sun snake slithering down the front of the pyramid.  •