Find the August Sturgeon Moon phases for 2014—plus, best days by the Moon, traditional Moon names, and more.
"Supermoon" of August 10, 2014
This Sunday, August 10, the full Moon will appear as much as 14% closer and 30% brighter than other full Moons of the year.
Why? The August full Moon falls on the same day as perigee—in fact, on the same hour. Here is a quick definition of both perigee and apogee.
You may hear the media refer to this full Moon as the biggest “Supermoon” of 2014.
This effect is enhanced if you view the Moon near a horizon or through trees and other foreground objects. Read more about the “Moon Illusion.”
The famous Perseid meteor shower also peaks at around this time (August 11 to 13). Catch them early in the week, since the full Moon’s glare may make it more challenging then. See our Meteor Showers Guide and viewing tips.
Full Sturgeon Moon
Some Native American tribes called this month's 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 this 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 2014
All dates and times are ET. See the Moon Phase Calendar for your city/state.
|First Quarter: August 3, 8:50 P.M.|
|Full Moon: August 10, 2:09 P.M.|
|Last Quarter: August 17, 8:26 A.M.|
|New Moon: August 25, 10:13 A.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 2014
Below are the Best Days for activities, based on the Moon's sign and phase in August.
For Cutting Hay:
- 13, 14
For Setting Eggs:
- 9, 10, 18
- 1–10, 25–31
- 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.
Enjoy more Moon facts and fun—and read about the Great Moon Hoax—in the Almanac Monthly. Discover the August edition here!