The Sturgeon Moon will happen on August 1st, 2023 at 2:32 PM EST. Sturgeon Moon is the full moon of August.
It is named after the largest fish in North America, the Sturgeon. According to popular belief, the fishing tribe is responsible for naming it.
This is because Sturgeons were caught in abundance during this time. It is said that the Algonquin tribes gathered along the Great lakes and other important water bodies to catch sturgeons in August.
Sturgeons were a significant part of the tribes' meal and hence, it was named the Sturgeon Moon.
Other Names Of The Sturgeon Moon
Another name for this moon is the Full Red Moon as the tribes who resided along the South witnessed the Moon to be a bit reddish due to the tropical warm weather
The August Full Moon usually happens during late summer which makes the beginning of the harvest season and that is why it is also known as the Green Corn Moon, Grain Moon, or the Ricing Moon.
Lynx Moon and Dispute Moon are the other two names for this moon signifying the fragile stability between nature and harvest.
The Northern parts of Europe witness a lot of lightning, storms, and thunder during the late summer. Hence, it is also known as the Lightning Moon.
Another Cree term for this moon is Flying Up Moon as it signifies baby birds who are ready to take their first flight.
Assiniboine people also call this the Black Cherries Moon since chokecherries ripen during this time.
It is also popularly known as the Mountain Shadows Moon among the Tlingit people of the Pacific Northwest.
The next full moon in August 2023 is the blue moon that occurs every two or three years.