The Harvest Moon rises tonight. Here are 27 other weird names we have for full moons


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A full moon, also a harvest moon, rises past thunder clouds near Encinitas, California September 8, 2014.

The Native Americans marked their calendars by full moons. Each one had its own name, and its own action.


You've probably heard of the Harvest Moon that will grace the sky Friday night, as it's one of the more commonly heard names.

It's the full moon that falls closest to the autumnal equinox in September (or October - the moon's not always that precise).

But there are more names for full moons - a lot more, especially if you include contemporary and scientific names.

Here are 28 we found for full moons, starting with the one you can see tonight, September 16: the Harvest Moon.