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When to spot August's Full Sturgeon Moon and why it is a Blue Moon



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August's Full Moon will peak on Sunday, August 22.

Known as the Sturgeon Moon, it will be at its fullest at 1.01pm in the UK, but will still appear full to the naked eye in the evenings across the weekend.

This full moon will also be a Blue Moon as it is the third of four full Moons in an astronomical season, which, in this instance, is the period between the Summer Solstice and the Autumn Equinox.

August Sturgeon Full Moon hides behind blue clouds
August Sturgeon Full Moon hides behind blue clouds

The Moon will set at 5.14am on Sunday morning and rise at 8.45pm on Sunday evening.

According to the Old Farmers Almanac, it is called the Sturgeon Moon because the giant sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this part of summer.

If you capture a picture of the Full Moon over West Berkshire send it to geraldine.gardner@newburynews.co.uk for our cosmic gallery.

Full August Moon in the clouds
Full August Moon in the clouds
Full Sturgeon Moon in August
Full Sturgeon Moon in August


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