Sturgeon Moon: August Full Moon Phases

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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.

Moon Illusion

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).

Read more about Full Moono Names and see the full calendar.

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

For Fishing:

  • 1–10, 25–31

See Best Days for more activities.

Moon Folklore

  • 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!

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"Blue moon of kentucky, keep

By Michael Moore 2

"Blue moon of kentucky, keep on shining
Shine on the one that's gone and left me blue..." -Bill Monroe

It is indeed a most beautiful

By Michael Moore 2

It is indeed a most beautiful moon tonight! So clear one can almost count its craters, mountains and vales! Some look at a wonder such as this and say it is a marvel of modern science to know such a thing, others say it is a wonder of nature that such a scene could happen. I looked at this beautiful moon tonight and thought, it is a wonder of the Logos, the work of the creating and sustaining hand of Jesus Christ! How marvelous is His mercy and grace, when with all that is wrong with mankind, the good Lord in His goodness continues to give us glimpses of the beauty of His glory and majesty!

Amen!! Thank you for the

By Mary beth Shipley

Amen!! Thank you for the beautiful comment! All glory to God! "the moon shines full at His command, and all the stars obey"!! - Isaac Watts, 1715

Dance all night in the blue

By Brandt

Dance all night in the blue moonlight at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2013/08/blue-moons.html

i can always see the full

By beth ansley

i can always see the full moon out my front door here in georgia and this one is so clear, wonderful!

In 2013, the August moon will

By Tom Weston

In 2013, the August moon will REALLY be a Blue Moon. That is, it will be the third full moon in the summer season which has four full moons in 2013. This is the original, correct definition of a Blue Moon. The definition about the second full moon in a month is a more recent simplified usage.

"In 2013, the August moon

By Marie Strothotte

"In 2013, the August moon will REALLY be a Blue Moon. That is, it will be the third full moon in the summer season which has four full moons in 2013. This is the original, correct definition of a Blue Moon. The definition about the second full moon in a month is a more recent simplified usage."

If each season normally has three full moons, why then, wouldn't the term 'blue moon' refer to the FOURTH full moon of the season, since it's the rarer one?

Most tropical years have 12

By Almanac Staff

Most tropical years have 12 full Moons, three for each season. But occasionally it contains one extra Moon. This is the case next year with the four full Moons in summer. Thanks for pointing this out!

Neal Armstrong gives the

By Dennis Cote.

Neal Armstrong gives the Earth a wink, and good-bye, as his funeral is today, the day of the Full Blue Moon.

Wow, that is amazing! He

By Michael Moore 2

Wow, that is amazing! He could not have planned it better had he planned it himself. Of course, we know we cannot choose the date of our birth nor our death and we certainly cannot be assured of the date of our funeral. Things like this should make even the most stern of agnostics and atheist wonder if "somebody bigger than you and I" is not in control after all! Mr. Armstrong was a great American, a true frontiersman of the new frontier. May he rest in peace.

My 2012 OFA says this is

By Tim Dienes

My 2012 OFA says this is called the Red Moon, NOT Blue Moon
What is a Red Moon?

Hi, Tim, Yes, the right-hand

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Tim, Yes, the right-hand pages of The Old Farmer's Almanac list Native American or colonial names for the full Moon. It is our style to list an alternate name for the second full Moon in a month if one occurs. In this case, the Full Red Moon, which is an Algonquin name. The name Full Red Moon can look like a mistake when considering the term "Blue Moon," which is commonly defined as the second full Moon in a month, such as occurs this August. We could have labeled the full Moon on August 31 a Blue Moon, but this would not have been a Native American or colonial name, and we wanted to be consistent. (In future, we will keep this in mind as we select an alternate name!) --Your OFA editors

I think this moon is going to

By astrominy

I think this moon is going to be over at my house. I love the size of the moon. Its going to be at my house and it is very huge. I love the way it is and it is amazing. Looks like the moon is going to rise until 8:56

From where,or what do these

By suprstock

From where,or what do these sayings derive, superstition ? ?

Derived names were based on

By Dennis Cote.

Derived names were based on the recurring trends in nature at or close to the full moon, As in Harvest moon is when the moon is full at the closest time to harvest season, hunter's moon was named from being closest to hunting season.

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