August’s full Moon is known as the Sturgeon Moon, and began peaking on Sunday, August 2. The eighth full Moon of the year will peak tonight, Monday, August 3, and will continue to appear at its maximum until Wednesday, August 5.
According to the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the Sturgeon Moon will be at its exact peak in the UK at 4.58pm today, although with it being daylight at that point, you will have to wait several hours to see it in all its glory.
According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac guide to astronomy and nature, August’s Full Moon is named after the sturgeon fish becoming ready to be caught.
With the northern hemisphere in the peak of summer, fish populations are at their highest points, making it easier for the native America tribes, who named the Moon, to catch the sturgeon fish.
Amy Nieskens, of the Old Farmer’s Almanac guide to nature, said: “August’s Full Moon is known as the Sturgeon Moon because Native American tribes knew that the sturgeon in the Great Lakes and in Lake Champlain were most readily caught during the Full Moon.”
London’s Royal Observatory Greenwich in London added: “North American fishing tribes called August’s Full Moon the Sturgeon Moon since the species appeared in number this month.
“It’s also been called the Green Corn Moon, the Grain Moon and the Red Moon for the reddish hue it often takes on in the summer haze.”
The Full Moon phase marks the exact moment the Moon’s Earth-facing side is totally illuminated by the Sun.
As the Moon orbits both the Earth and the Sun, different amounts of the side of the Moon we see are lit up.
This shifting luminance is called the Lunar Cycle, which lasts approximately 29.5 days from one New Moon to the next.
What are the full moons of 2020?
Here are all of the 13 named Full Moons, with the second Full Moon in a month known as a Blue Moon, of this year, with the date they will peak:
January 10 – Full Wolf Moon
February 9 – Full Snow Moon
March 9 – Full Worm Moon
April 8 – Full Pink Moon
May 7 – Full Flower Moon
June 5 – Full Strawberry Moon
July 5 – Full Buck Moon
August 3 – Full Sturgeon Moon
September 2 – Full Corn Moon
October 1 – Full Hunter’s Moon
October 31 – Blue Moon
November 30 – Full Beaver’s Moon
December 30 – Full Cold Moon