Full Sturgeon Moon

With high pressure sliding into the mid Atlantic states this evening, conditions should be perfect for viewing tonight’s full moon. Tradition tells us many Native Americans called this the “Sturgeon” moon because it coincided with the best time to catch sturgeon in the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain. Other tribes, however, had other names for the full moon of August. From the Old Farmer’s Almanac:

“Some Native American tribes knew that the sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this full Moon. Others called it the Green Corn Moon or the Grain Moon.”

For more information on traditional names given to full moons throughout the year, check the Old Farmer’s Almanac website: http://www.almanac.com/astronomy/moon/names/index.php

Tom Tasselmyer

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