The Sturgeon Moon is set to peak above the horizon later this week when the side of the moon facing the Earth is fully illuminated by the sun. The full moon of this August will be invisible to the naked eye before sunrise at 1:29 PM BST tomorrow, Thursday, August 15. The 8th Full Moon of the Year will then look beyond the 8.47 BST horizon, sinking into view at 6.23 am on Friday morning.
The surprisingly named Sturgeon Moon arrives one lunar month after the magnifiers Buck Moon.
Royal Museums Greenwich astronomer Edward Bloomer says: "The full moon itself will take place on 15 August, technically in the early afternoon, but in the UK we will have to wait quite late to see it well and clearly.
"Shortly before midnight on August 1
"For best viewing, try to get somewhere with a clear horizon, raised if possible and as isolated as possible. from artificial light sources.
"While you wait, try to find Jupiter and Saturn to the south as the moon rises."
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Sturgeon got its name
According to the Old Farmer's Guide to the Old Farmer's Astronomy and Nature, August's Full Moon is named after sturgeon fish that are ready to be caught.
Amy Niskens, of the Old Farmer's Guide to the Old Farmer's Almanac, says: "The full moon of Augustus is known as the Moon of the Lakes because the Native American tribes knew that sturgeon in the Great Lakes and in Lake Shamplain was most readily caught Full Moon. "
London's Royal Greenwich Observatory in London adds:" The North American fishing tribes have called the August Sturgeon Moon full moon since the species appeared in numbers this month.
"Also called the Green Corn Moon, Cereal Moon, and Red Moon for the reddish hue that it often takes.
There are usually 12 full moons per year except the rare 13th blue moon and each has its own name.
The Farmers' Almanac reveals that the full moon of January is called the wave of the moon after the wolves howl on the moon.
While in February, the Full Moon wins its name, because the strongest snow usually falls during that month.
Full moon names date from Native Americans from North America.
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Full Moon Names were applied throughout the month in which has happened to everyone.
There are some variations in the names of the full moon, but in general they have been consistent among regional tribes.  European settlers followed this custom and created some of their own names.