Sturgeon Moon 2019 meaning: Why is the August Full Moon called the Sturgeon Moon?

THE Sturgeon Moon is the eighth Full Moon of the year – but when is the August Full Moon and why is it called the Sturgeon Moon?

The Strawberry Moon will peak later this week when its Earth-facing side is fully lit up by the Sun. Here in the UK, when viewed from London, the August Full Moon will peak before it rises for the night – around 1.29pm BST on Thursday, August 15. The Full Moon will then slowly creep over the horizon around 8.47pm BST and set the following morning around 6.23am BST. The Sturgeon Moon is the eighth Full Moon of the year and comes one month after the beautiful July Buck Moon. 

What is the meaning behind the Sturgeon Moon’s name?

There are 12 Full Moons throughout the year, with the exception of a rare Blue Moon, and each one has its own, unique name. 

For instance, the May Full Moon is known as the Strawberry Moon after strawberries ripening in the wild. 

In December, the Full Moon is called the Cold Moon because of the chilling temperatures and wintry weather. 

Most of these names were adopted by colonial Europeans from the many Native American tribes living along the eastern edge of modern-day America. 


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The names are said to reflect the changing seasons and were used as a way of keeping track of the time. 

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac guide to astronomy and nature, August's name indicates sturgeon are ready to be caught in the wild. 

Amy Nieskens, of the Old Farmer’s Almanac guide to nature, explained: “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.”

And the Royal Observatory Greenwich in London said: “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.”


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Sunday, 15th September 2019

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