The rising of the August Full Moon—the “Sturgeon Moon” or “Grain Moon”— will be best found in the southeastern sky on Monday, August 3, 2020.
With it comes the opportunity to observe the awesome sight of an orangey full Moon rising (and setting) in sundown.
When is August Full ‘Sturgeon’ Moon 2020?
August Full ‘Sturgeon’ Moon will happen at 15:59 UTC—that is 16:59 BST, 17:59 CEST, 11:59 EDT, and 08:59 PDT.
Be that as it may, to completely welcome the full Moon you ought to overlook those times and rather make an arrangement to watch it as it rises above the southeastern horizon on Monday, August 3 around 30 minutes after nightfall.
At exactly that point will you see it rise as a quickly spectacular orangey sphere.
The Moon will show up full for around three days either side of August 3, so get looking presently, yet here’s the reason Monday evening is when to watch.
When to watch the August Full ‘Sturgeon’ Moon 2020?
Actually no, not at the hour of full Moon! An opportunity to watch the “Sturgeon Moon” is at the hour of moonrise in your particular location, so check for the specific time of moonrise where you are. Set aside 30 minutes from that rise time to watch.
In case you’re up from the get-go Monday, moonset will be similarly as fabulous as its sinks towards and afterward underneath the southwestern skyline.
Why is August Full Moon called the ‘Sturgeon Moon’?
August Full Moon is known as the “Sturgeon Moon” in North America. Why? “Many of the full Moon names that we commonly use today are derived from Native American folklore,” said Billy Teets, Outreach Astronomer at Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory (and here on Twitter) in Brentwood, Tennessee.
As per the Farmers’ Almanac, a significant number of these names are ascribed to local people groups of New England and surrounding zones. “The Sturgeon Moon is named after the sturgeon, which is a large freshwater fish found in these areas,” said Teets. “Fishing tribes often found that sturgeon were most readily caught during this time of year.”
The Full Sturgeon Moon gets its novel name from the Great Lakes, where fishermen of yore could get sturgeon most effectively around this season, as per The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
There are 26 species of the fish the world over, however, this moon is named after lake sturgeon, which can grow up to 9 feet. While sturgeon may be its most famous connotation, August’s full moon has a lot of different names, as well. Some consider it the Green Corn Moon, the Raksha Bandhan Moon, and Nikini Poya, as per NASA. Call it anything you like—it’ll despite everything be beautiful.
Notwithstanding, August’s Full Moon can pass by different names also, for example, the “Green Corn Moon,” “Barley Moon,” “Fruit Moon” or “Grain Moon,” as it’s commonly known in the UK.
How to watch the ‘Sturgeon Moon’ at moonrise and moonset?
“Try to find a location that has a clear southeastern horizon to catch the moon rising as the Sun is setting,” said Teets, who prompts finding an unmistakable southwestern skyline to see the Moon setting at dawn. “If your view is very clear, then you will notice a pronounced reddish-orange tinge to the Moon, which is due to the effect of Earth’s atmosphere,” he added.
Why will the ‘Sturgeon Moon’ appear orangey as it rises?
It’s for a comparative explanation that the Sun appears to be orange during nightfall. “Because the Earth’s atmosphere is densest near its surface, objects seen close to the horizon have their blue light scattered, resulting in a reddish tone,” said Teets. “As the Moon gets higher in the sky, its coloration will fade to its normal greyish-white hue as you view it through less and less air.”
It will likewise get extraordinarily bright, so bright, truth be told, that you will experience difficulty taking a gander at a full Moon for over a few moments scarcely an hour after it’s risen.
Why is the ‘Sturgeon Moon’ so low in the sky?
August’s full moon will be visible throughout the night and balance moderately low in the night sky. Why? This is because a full Moon is an inverse the Sun, which as we as a whole know, is higher in the sky during summer. So a full Moon is lower.
At the point when the Sun is on the “summer part” of the ecliptic—the Sun’s apparent path in our sky—it’s high up in the sky during the day. “You will notice that in the summer the Sun rises over in the northeast and sets over in the northwest, but six months later, the Sun will be on the “winter part” of the ecliptic, which will keep it very low in the sky because it rises more-or-less in the southeast and sets in the southwest,” said Teets. “When we have a Full Moon, the Moon and Sun are essentially in opposite parts of the sky, so the Moon is very close to the opposite side of the ecliptic from the Sun.”
A full Moon in summer is consequently close to the Sun’s wintertime ecliptic position, so doesn’t get exceptionally high in the sky as it rises in the southeast to later set in the southwest. “In wintertime, we have the reverse—the Sun is low in the southern sky in its winter position, and the full Moon is in the opposite part of the sky near the Sun’s summertime position,” said Teets. “As a result, a winter full Moon rises more in the northeast, gets very high in the sky, and sets over toward the northwest.”
It’s anticipated, and it’s something we’ve all observed previously, yet there’s a wonder to watching a full Moon show up on the horizon.
When is the next full moon in 2020?
The next full moon is the Corn Moon, which tops on September 2. (The Harvest Moon falls in October this year.) And watch out for the annual Perseid meteor shower, which should peak on the night of Tuesday, August 11.