Thursday, August 15 will witness this month’s Full Moon crest at 1.29pm BST (8.29am EDT). This Sturgeon Moon will loom low over in the heavens tomorrow night, when Earth’s only natural satellite fully basks in light from our Sun. August’s Full Moon will peak before it rises for the night, then the Sturgeon Full Moon will then rise peer over the horizon at 8.47pm BST, before setting at 6.23am BST this Friday.
The 200-year-old Farmers’ Almanac notes how the changing seasons were for millennia tracked by the lunar month.
We continue to use many of these full Moon names to continue this tradition concerning the changing seasons.
Native American tribes named the months after certain seasonal cues.
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These names differed by tribe, highly dependent on where their people lived.
The Full Moon for August is known as Sturgeon Moon because Native Americans knew the famed giant sturgeon of the Great Lakes were most readily caught during this Full Moon.
Other, less unusual names for this Full Moon include Full Green Corn Moon, signalling the corn was almost ready for harvest, Wheat Cut Moon and Blueberry Moon.
Some years have 13 Full Moons, which makes one of them a Blue Moon, as it doesn’t quite fit in with the traditional Full Moon naming system.
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Sturgeon Moon myths and folklore:
The Farmers’ Almanac has listed some fascinating folklore connected to this lunar occasion.
It states: “Clothes washed for the first time in the full Moon will not last long.
“If you glimpse the new Moon over your right shoulder, you will have good luck.
“To have a project prosper, start it during the new Moon.
“Babies born a day after the full Moon enjoy success and endurance.”
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2019’s Full Moons:
January 21: Wolf Moon
February 19: Snow Moon
March 21: Worm Moon
April 19: Pink Moon
May 18: Flower Moon
June 17: Strawberry Moon
July 16: Buck Moon
August 15: Sturgeon Moon
September 14: Full Corn Moon
October 13: Hunter’s Moon
November 12: Beaver’s Moon
December 12: Cold Moon
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