Everything to know about August’s Sturgeon Supermoon, including when it peaks and how to see it

The August star full moon rises behind Mount Hortiatis and the city of Thessaloniki above the sea, skywatchers call it the Blue Moon.  The moonlight reflects on the surface of the water as it rises in warm red color near Kalochori town with its famous lagoon and Axios Delta National Park.  The country is offering free cultural events at sites, a tradition for Greece with museums across the country open at night while a series of free cultural events will take place on August 22, at Greece's archaeological sites and museums to mark the celebration of the full moon, Earth's natural satellite and the beginning of end of summer.  Kalohori, Thessaloniki, Greece 22 August 2021

The August star full moon rises behind Mount Hortiatis and the city of Thessaloniki above the sea, skywatchers call it the Blue Moon. The moonlight reflects on the surface of the water as it rises in warm red color near Kalochori town with its famous lagoon and Axios Delta National Park. The country is offering free cultural events at sites, a tradition for Greece with museums across the country open at night while a series of free cultural events will take place on August 22, at Greece’s archaeological sites and museums to mark the celebration of the full moon, Earth’s natural satellite and the beginning of end of summer. Kalohori, Thessaloniki, Greece 22 August 2021

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The fourth time’s a charm!

If you missed the first three supermoons of 2022, fear not because the fourth and final lunar phenomenon is fast approaching.

It’s sure to be an exciting night for moon lovers and stargazers alike due to a huge amount of simultaneous celestial activity on the evening of August 11. Specifically, the full moon is expected to pass Saturn closely at the same time as it radiates in the midst of activity. meteor shower.

Nicknamed the Sturgeon Moon, this month’s full moon occurs during the Perseid meteor shower, which is considered “the best meteor shower of the year,” according to NASA. Although the Perseids peak on August 13, the shower started on July 17 and will remain active until August 24.

While meteor showers pose no threat to viewing the moon display, the full moon can potentially obstruct visibility of the shooting stars (and fireballs!) due to its intense glow. On the bright side, a wonderful heavenly spectacle will take place anyway!

From when the Sturgeon Supermoon is expected to peak to how it got its name, here’s everything to know about the entire August phase.

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Why is the August full moon called the Sturgeon Moon?

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The August full moon is named after a fish called a sturgeon, which was easily caught this time of year in the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain. (Fun fact: Sturgeon is North America’s largest freshwater fish!)

Generally, full moon names derive from Native American, Colonial American and European sources, per The farmer’s almanac. Other names for the August full moon include Black Cherries Moon, Flying Up Moon, Mountain Shadows Moon and Rising Moon.

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What Makes August’s Sturgeon Moon a Supermoon?

The August star full moon rises behind Mount Hortiatis and the city of Thessaloniki above the sea, skywatchers call it the Blue Moon.  The moonlight reflects on the surface of the water as it rises in warm red color near Kalochori town with its famous lagoon and Axios Delta National Park.  The country is offering free cultural events at sites, a tradition for Greece with museums across the country open at night while a series of free cultural events will take place on August 22, at Greece's archaeological sites and museums to mark the celebration of the full moon, Earth's natural satellite and the beginning of end of summer.  Kalohori, Thessaloniki, Greece 22 August 2021

The August star full moon rises behind Mount Hortiatis and the city of Thessaloniki above the sea, skywatchers call it the Blue Moon. The moonlight reflects on the surface of the water as it rises in warm red color near Kalochori town with its famous lagoon and Axios Delta National Park. The country is offering free cultural events at sites, a tradition for Greece with museums across the country open at night while a series of free cultural events will take place on August 22, at Greece’s archaeological sites and museums to mark the celebration of the full moon, Earth’s natural satellite and the beginning of end of summer. Kalohori, Thessaloniki, Greece 22 August 2021

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August’s Sturgeon Moon coincides with the fourth and final supermoon of the year. That means the moon is expected to appear bigger and brighter than a normal moon on any other night!

A full moon acts as a supermoon when it is near perigee, or the point in the moon’s orbit that is closest to Earth. According to retired NASA astrophysicist and eclipse expert Fredd Espanak, this distance is within 90% of its closest approach to Earth, per Space.com.

When to see August’s Sturgeon Moon?

The August star full moon rises behind Mount Hortiatis and the city of Thessaloniki above the sea, skywatchers call it the Blue Moon.  The moonlight reflects on the surface of the water as it rises in warm red color near Kalochori town with its famous lagoon and Axios Delta National Park.  The country is offering free cultural events at sites, a tradition for Greece with museums across the country open at night while a series of free cultural events will take place on August 22, at Greece's archaeological sites and museums to mark the celebration of the full moon, Earth's natural satellite and the beginning of end of summer.  Kalohori, Thessaloniki, Greece 22 August 2021

The August star full moon rises behind Mount Hortiatis and the city of Thessaloniki above the sea, skywatchers call it the Blue Moon. The moonlight reflects on the surface of the water as it rises in warm red color near Kalochori town with its famous lagoon and Axios Delta National Park. The country is offering free cultural events at sites, a tradition for Greece with museums across the country open at night while a series of free cultural events will take place on August 22, at Greece’s archaeological sites and museums to mark the celebration of the full moon, Earth’s natural satellite and the beginning of end of summer. Kalohori, Thessaloniki, Greece 22 August 2021

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Sturgeon Moon is expected to reach its peak light approx. at 9:36 PM ET on August 11th. Cast your eyes toward the southeastern sky to catch a glimpse of the rising moon.

Also note that if you happen to see a bright “star” near the moon, you are looking at Saturn! Earth will fly between the ringed planet and the Sun, according to EarthSky.org.

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When is the next full moon in 2022?

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September’s Harvest Moon is the next full moon to occur after the Sturgeon Moon in August. It is expected to be full on Saturday, September 10, two days after making another close approach to Saturn, according to Space.com.

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