This August is basically a sky-gazer’s dream come true, with a meteor shower on August 12 followed by a total solar eclipse on August 21 (prep ahead by getting your glasses now).

 But before any of those stellar experiences, August's full moon, the Sturgeon Moon, will illuminate the sky on Monday, August 7. According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the moon is set to reach peak fullness at 2:11 p.m.

The Full Sturgeon Moon is named after the large, bottom-feeding fish. Like many other full moons, the Full Sturgeon Moon got its name from Native American tribes, who knew that sturgeons were most easily caught during this time. This moon is also known as the “Full Green Corn Moon" and the "Blueberry Moon."

If you happen to find yourself in Africa, Asia, or Australia on August 7, you’ll get to see the Full Sturgeon Moon during a partial lunar eclipse. However, reports that those in Hawaii will be lucky enough to see the beginning of the eclipse shortly before 6 a.m.

The Anishnaabe (Chippewa and Ojibwe) call it miini-giizis, the berry moon, while the Assiniboine of the northern plains named it capasapsaba, black cherries moon. The Lakota call it wasutoa wi, moon of the ripening, while the Sioux dubbed it cherries turn black.

 Likewise the Tlingit have dubbed their August full moon sha-ha-yi, or berries ripe on mountain. Also in the fruit realm are the Wishram of the Columbia River in Washington and Oregon, who called it blackberry patches moon, and the Shawnee, with po'kamawi kiishthwa, or plum moon.

August Full Moon Names From Native American and Other Different Cultures Joyful Moon (Hopi). First Acorns (Pomo). Ripen moon (Dakota). Dispute Moon (Celtic). Cutter Moon (Abernaki). Dog Days moon (Yuchi). Corn Silk Moon (Ponca). Harvest Moon (Chinese). Berry Moon (Anishnaabe). Women's Moon (Choctaw). Mulberries Moon (Natchez). Middle moon (Potawatomi). Freshness Moon (Mohawk). Yelow flower moon (Osage). Blackberry Moon (Wishram). Acorns Ripen Moon (Maidu). Wheat Cut Moon (San Juan). Lightning Moon (Neo Pagan). Black Cherries Moon (Sioux). Yellow Leaves moon (Kiowa). Edible Corn Moon (Algonquin). Young Ducks Fly Moon (Cree). Black Cherries Moon (Assiniboine). Dog Day's Moon (Colonial American). Autumn Moon (Taos Native American). Corn Moon, Wort Moon (Medieval English). Geese Shedding Feathers Moon (Arapaho). Feather Shedding Moon (Passamaquoddy). Dispute Moon (Full Janic), Harvest Moon (Dark Janic). Big Harvest moon, Heat Moon, Big Rippening Moon (Creek). Fruit Moon, Drying Moon, Last Fruit Moon, Grain Moon (Cherokee). Red Moon,Sturgeon Moon, Green Corn Moon, Dog Days Moon (Algonquin).


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