In 2015, the Full Moon rises on Saturday, August 29—and it's a "Supermoon." Learn more below—plus, find Moon phase information, best days by the Moon, and folklore.
What is a Supermoon?
This August brings a "perigee" full Moon. This is the time each month when the Moon is nearest to Earth in its orbit. In other words, the full Moon coincides with perigee this August.
When this happens, there are some physical effects, such as elevated tides. All full Moons raise the Earth's tides, however, a full Moon at perigee elevates tides further.
In recent years, the term "Supermoon" has become popular. It's just a catchy way to say "perigee full Moon." In fact, there will be three Supermoons before the end of the year—in August, September and October.
At its fullest, the Moon is a perfect circular disk—though we won't see that in August. Read our new post, "When the Full Moon Isn't Round."
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 Phase Dates August 2015
All dates and times are ET. See the Moon Phase Calendar for your city/state.
|Last Quarter: August 6, 10:03 P.M.|
||New Moon: August 14, 10:53 A.M.|
||First Quarter: August 22, 3:31 P.M.|
|Full Moon: August 29, 2:35 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 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 video.
Best Days in August 2015
Below are the Best Days for activities, based on the Moon's sign and phase in August.
For Cutting Hay:
- 4, 5, 31
For Setting Eggs:
- 1, 8, 26–28
- 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.