The Full Sturgeon Moon rises! This year also brings a partial lunar eclipse! See the live show here! And learn more about the full Moon for August 2017—including best days by the Moon, full Moon names, and more.
Partial Lunar Eclipse Show (Free!)
Monday August 7: 11:45 AM EDT
Join Slooh as we watch the partial lunar eclipse that is leading up to the Total Solar Eclipse! We will be watching the shadow pass over the moon from partner feeds all over the world!
Watch below at 11:45 AM EDT. This show is free on Almanac.com, courtesy of Slooh!
While the partial eclipse will only be visible in most of the Eastern Hemisphere, Slooh is here to help bring this celestial event directly to you, sharing live feeds from multiple sites across the world as well as special guests discussing this unique occurrence. We’ll also being talking about the incredible event following only weeks later—the transcontinental solar eclipse.
Reliant on a near-perfect alignment of the Earth, Moon, and Sun, a partial lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth moves between these two heavenly bodies. However, the three do not perfectly align, leaving a small area of the Moon’s surface covered by the dark, central part of Earth’s shadow—the umbra. The rest of the moon is covered by the outer part of Earth’s shadow—the penumbra. Direct sunlight is blocked from reaching the Moon, but some light is refracted and scattered forward through our atmosphere and onto the Moon’s surface. Red light scatters least, so the Moon often takes on a striking dull red or copper color during a lunar eclipse, giving rise to the ominous nickname for an eclipse’s appearance, a “blood moon”.
Love looking into outer space? As of this week, Slooh will open up its live telescope feeds to the worldwide public for free. See Slooh’s Web site!
Moon Phases for August 2017
All dates and times are ET. See the Moon Phase Calendar for your city/state.
Full Moon: August 7, 2:11 P.M.
|Last Quarter: August 14, 9:15 P.M.|
||New Moon: August 21, 2:30 P.M.|
||First Quarter: August 29, 4:13 A.M.|
For your next full Moon, see our Full Moon Dates chart.
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), “Moon When All Things Ripen” (Dakotah Sioux), and ”Blueberry Moon” (Ojibwe).
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.
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!
Best Days in August 2017
Below are the Best Days for activities based on the Moon’s sign and phase in August.
For Cutting Hay:
- 11, 12
For Setting Eggs:
- 5–7, 15, 16
- 1–7, 21–31
- 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.
Share your thoughts about this month’s moon below!