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Moon earns its corn: Earth’s nearest neighbour provides skywatchers with a stunning display after heatwave summer saw below-average sunshine

  • First full moon of September, known as the ‘Corn Moon’, photographed over Hengistbury Head in Dorset
  • It will reach its peak at around 6.22am today and continue to illuminate the sky again overnight until Thursday
  • Stunning sight comes as the Met Office revealed Britain has seen below average sunshine for the season 

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Stunning images of September’s first full moon have been captured by eager skywatchers today – as it was revealed Britain’s summer heatwave saw below-average sunshine for the season. 

The astonishing lunar spectacle, known as the ‘Corn Moon’, was photographed illuminating the sky over Hengistbury Head and Weymouth Bay in Dorset late on Tuesday.

It will reach its peak at around 6.22am today, but the moon is expected to put on a glorious display for three consecutive nights – until it last shows its full face on September 3.

 Traditionally, the full moon at the start of September is known as the Harvest Moon – because this is typically the full moon which occurs closest to the September – or Southward – equinox.

But this year, the equinox falls on September 22, with the nearest full moon on October 1. This week’s moon is therefore known as the Corn Moon, according to the Maine Farmer’s Almanac.

The Met Office last night revealed the UK saw below average sunshine for the season despite being hit by a ‘major summer heatwave’ where temperatures rose to highs of 97F (36.4C) in London.

Britain experienced its hottest August day since 2003 at Heathrow and Kew Gardens on August 7, but forecasters say more unsettled weather at the start and end of the month balanced the average out.  

The stunning first full moon of September is seen rising over beach huts at Hengistbury Head in Dorset on Tuesday

The moon, which is known as the 'Corn Moon', is pictured rising over Glastonbury Tor in Somerset late on Tuesday

The moon, which is known as the ‘Corn Moon’, is pictured rising over Glastonbury Tor in Somerset late on Tuesday

Other images captured by eager skywatchers show the full moon over the P&O Cruise ship Britannia in Weymouth Bay

Other images captured by eager skywatchers show the full moon over the P&O Cruise ship Britannia in Weymouth Bay 

The beautiful moon will reach its peak at around 6.22am today, but it will light up the sky again overnight until early on Thursday morning

The beautiful moon will reach its peak at around 6.22am today, but it will light up the sky again overnight until early on Thursday morning

Traditionally, the full moon at the start of September is known as the Harvest Moon - as this is typically the full moon which occurs closest to the September equinox. Pictured: St Mary's Lighthouse in Whitley Bay

Traditionally, the full moon at the start of September is known as the Harvest Moon – as this is typically the full moon which occurs closest to the September equinox. Pictured: St Mary’s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay

Pictured: Hengistbury Head in Dorset

Pictured: St Mary's Lighthouse in Whitley Bay

This year, the equinox falls on September 22, with the nearest full moon on October 1. This week’s moon is therefore known as the Corn Moon, according to the Maine Farmer’s Almanac. Pictured left: Hengistbury Head and right: Whitley Bay

The Met Office last night revealed the UK saw below average sunshine for the season despite being hit by a 'major summer heatwave' where temperatures rose to highs of 97F (36.4C) in London. Pictured: Eastchuch in Kent on Tuesday

The Met Office last night revealed the UK saw below average sunshine for the season despite being hit by a ‘major summer heatwave’ where temperatures rose to highs of 97F (36.4C) in London. Pictured: Eastchuch in Kent on Tuesday

The stunning 'Corn Moon' was also seen rising over the empty stand at Old Trafford, Manchester on Tuesday evening

The stunning ‘Corn Moon’ was also seen rising over the empty stand at Old Trafford, Manchester on Tuesday evening

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