In the August Sky: A Full Moon and A Fading Comet

From, "August 2020: The Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon" by Gordon Johnson.

The Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon. Image credit: NASA

From, "August 2020: The Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon" by Gordon Johnson:


The next full moon is the Sturgeon Moon, the Green Corn Moon, the Raksha Bandhan Moon, Nikini Poya, and the end of the Esala Perahera festival.


The next full Moon will be midday on Monday, August 3, 2020, appearing "opposite" the Sun (in Earth-based longitude) at 11:59 AM EDT. The Moon will appear full for about three days centered around this time, from late Saturday night through early Wednesday morning.


The Maine Farmer's Almanac first published "Indian" names for the full Moons in the 1930's, and over time these names have become widely known and used. According to this almanac, as the full Moon in August and the second full Moon of Summer, the Algonquin tribes in what is now the northeastern USA called this the Sturgeon Moon after the large fish that were more easily caught this time of year in the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water. This Moon was also called the Green Corn Moon.


Source: NASA