Full Moon for August 2020

Catch the Full Sturgeon Moon

August 3, 2020
Full Sturgeon Moon - OFA

August’s full Sturgeon Moon reaches its peak on Monday, August 3, 2020. Learn how this month’s full Moon got such a peculiar name!

When to See the Full Moon in August 2020

The Full Sturgeon Moon

August’s full Moon will appear on the night of Sunday, August 2, before reaching peak illumination at 11:59 A.M. Eastern Time on Monday, August 3. On either of these nights, look toward the southeast after sunset to catch a glimpse of the Sturgeon Moon rising!

Perseid Meteor Shower

Not too long after August’s full Moon, it will be time to keep an eye out for the annual Perseid meteor shower, which lasts from late July to late August. The meteors will reach their maximum in the hours just before dawn (while it’s still dark) between August 11 and 13! The Moon will be in its Last Quarter phase at this time (August 11), so the meteors may be washed out to some extent by the Moon’s brightness. Learn how and when to see the Perseid meteor shower.

Moon Phases for August 2020

See Moon phase dates and times below. Note: All dates and times are ET. Go to the Moon Phase Calendar for your time zone.

Moon Phases for August 2020

Full Moon: August 3, 11:59 A.M.
Last Quarter: August 11, 12:45 P.M.
New Moon: August 18, 10:42 P.M.
First Quarter: August 25, 1:58 P.M.

For your next full Moon, see our Full Moon Dates chart.

Why Is It Called the Sturgeon Moon?

August’s full Moon was traditionally called the Sturgeon Moon because the giant sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this part of summer.

Other names for this Full Moon include ”Full Green Corn Moon,” signaling that the corn was nearly ready for harvest, “Wheat Cut Moon,” “Moon When All Things Ripen,” and ”Blueberry Moon.”

The tradition of naming Moons is rich in history. Here at The Old Farmer’s Almanac, we have long honored the Native American Moon names and the folklore of those who came before us. We follow the full Moon names that were used during Native American and Colonial times to help track the seasons—usually by the Algonquin people who were prominent along the Atlantic Coast and into the interior along the St. Lawrence River and around the Great Lakes.

See all Full Moon names and their meanings.

What Is a Sturgeon?

These prehistoric-looking fish have been traced back to around 136 million years ago and many people call them “living fossils.”

  • Females require around 20 years to start reproducing, and they can only reproduce every 4 years. However, they can live up to 150 years!
  • Today, there are about 29 species worldwide, including the lake sturgeon found in the Great Lakes. They have evolved in size from the size of a bass to monster sturgeon as big as a Volkswagen.
  • The lake sturgeon is quite rare today, due to intense overfishing in the 19th century, pollution, and damage to their habitat.

The word “sturgeon” means “the stirrer,” which is what this giant fish does when it is looking for food; it stirs up the mud and silt on river and lake bottoms. Notice the pointed snout and whisker-like tactile organs near the mouth. Credit: Tennessee Aquarium.

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 2020

Below are the Best Days for activities based on the Moon’s sign and phase in August.

For Cutting Hay:

  • 7, 8, 9

To Quit Smoking:

  • 5, 9, 27

For Cutting Hair to slow down growth:

  • 5, 6

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.

Share your thoughts about this month’s moon below!


Reader Comments

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New Moon

Please tell me how to glimpse the new moon over your right shoulder when I've always been told the new moon is not visible in the sky.

new moon lore

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You are correct in that one can not actually see a new Moon, at least with the unaided eye, unless there is a solar eclipse (which requires proper eye protection). If one were somehow to see a new Moon on a non-eclipse day, then that would really be a stroke of luck! However, an alternate meaning of “new Moon” refers to the time when the thinnest of crescents first becomes visible. Similarly, we are guessing that “new Moon” in this bit of folklore actually means “around the time of the new Moon,” such as a day or two after, when the crescent is just beginning to show.

august full moon & brightest star

I was outside this morning August 27th, 2018 at 3 a.m. The Moon was breathtaking and colored orange. The brightest star in the sky was also the same bright orange... Was this just a reflection from the moon? Or was/is there something specific in the atmosphere to make them both appear so bright orange??/

orange star

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Hi Toni,  How magical! The bright orange star you are seeing is Mars which has been a delightful presence this year! Reddish-orange skies at night usually mean a lot of atmospheric dust or clouds or haziness in the atmosphere. As the shorter light wavelengths are scattered, only red light is left, as it has the largest wavelength of the seven colors.

If the Moon looks orange, unfortunately, this could also be due to the major forest fires that are happening in our Western regions. It’s indeed very pretty but may reflect atmospheric debris from a natural disaster.

August full moon

I was just talking with my grandchildren as we were looking at the moon during the day as to when the next full moon was. We looked at our local weather stations web site and found nothing. I said I bet the farmers almanac will know and there it was! Now we are on a new subject about you lol

Full Moon

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Glad to hear that we could help answer your question! Thanks for reading!

Full moon information

This is lovely! Thank you. I work in a middle/high school library and I'm sure that this information will come in handy!


1. The FA has to be more mainstream and more people need to know about it. I am really enjoying all you have on these pages, which I found by accident!

2. The moon tonight (August 8, 2017) is just magnificent in Rockville, MD.

3. My Cairn Terrier and my Yorkies are out on the deck, looking up at the moon! Wonder what they know...

4. Thanks so much for all your planting/gardening/recipe/etc. ideas. Reminds me of being home, on the farm, in New Jersey, when I was a little girl. : )

Thanks again,



First time

Sturgeon full moon

Thank you for your never ending help with your almanac! I have enjoyed it's many uses for years!

Thank YOU!

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Why, thank you, Alejandro! We appreciate your interest in The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Your kind words made our day. With all good wishes, your editors in Dublin, New Hampshire.

Its in bloom the moon

High in the sky at night a moon its in its full bloom , past the summer equinox to pick some things you have planted in your gardens the next day enjoy your fruits
an labours .

So glad to reconnect with the

So glad to reconnect with the Farmer's Almanaci

sturgeon moon

the moon info was so interesting and I learned a lot!

Full Moon Fever!

Thank u for keeping us all informed of the latest full moon. I trust the Farmer's Almanac, as I have seen the printed copies and even bought them, before. I can most definitely feel the energy surrounding the waxing of the full moon, but like the gentleman states in the comments below, the cycles of the moon are most affecting. I had an old Drama professor in college who would always schedule our plays/productions around the full moon's cycle. The weekend before the full moon was to was the fullest, he felt, had the best energy. To this day, I have kept that in mind. Thanks for enlightening us all on the various types of moons; ie: Strawberry, Blue, Sturgeon, etc. Enjoy, everyone!

Full Moon Fever!

Correction to previous: "was to wax, was the fullest, & had the best energy."

Thank you!

Thank you!
I love this Almanac! Keep up this work!
I must say, I am firing up, as the moon waxes and becomes full only to be more tired as it wanes! Is it me? Or do I react to my wife's women's cycle? It's great being here though, in the waxing! Great dreams! Full energy! But, what goes up, must come down!

"Blue moon of kentucky, keep

"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

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

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

i can always see the full

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

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.

Most tropical years have 12

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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!

"In 2013, the August moon

"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?

Neal Armstrong gives the

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

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

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

Hi, Tim, Yes, the right-hand

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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

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