In 2016, the Full Moon rises on Thursday, August 18. One week earlier, on August 11th, barely after its First Quarter, it will set by 1:00 A.M. for the perfect environment in which to see the Perseid meteor shower! All indications are that 2016 will be a great year to see this spectacular show of shooting stars.
Learn more about this month’s Moon below, including Moon phase information, best days by the Moon, and folklore.
August Full Moon Names
Some Native American tribes called the August Moon the “Sturgeon Moon” because they knew that the sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this Full Moon. They also called August’s Moon the “Full Green Corn Moon.”
Different tribes had different Moon name preferences. Other examples for August are: “Wheat Cut Moon” (San Ildefonso, and San Juan), or “Moon When All Things Ripen” (Dakotah Sioux) or “Blueberry Moon” (Ojibway).
Moon Phases for August 2016
All dates and times are ET. See the Moon Phase Calendar for your city/state.
New Moon: August 2, 4:44 P.M.
|First Quarter: August 10, 2:21 P.M.|
|Full Moon: August 18, 5:26 A.M.|
|Last Quarter: August 24, 11:41 P.M.|
For your next full Moon, see our Full Moon Dates chart.
Find Your Next Full Moon!
Our Full Moon Finder App will put a smile on your face. Find “next” Full Moon dates to help plan events, fishing and hunting trips, and more.
Each day, a large Moon image will show how much of its surface is lit—along with Moon folklore for the day and the name of each full Moon (e.g., Full Snow Moon, Full Strawberry Moon).
Click here to learn more about Full Moon Finder App!
Full Sturgeon Moon Video
Each month, we will explain the traditional names of the Full Moon along with some fascinating facts. In this video, learn about the Full Sturgeon Moon. Click below to watch the video.
Best Days in August 2016
Below are the Best Days for activities based on the Moon’s sign and phase in August.
For Cutting Hay:
- 21, 22
For Setting Eggs:
- 15-17, 25, 26
- 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.