The Sky Tonight Update: Full Sturgeon Moon, Supermoon

Full Sturgeon Moon Supermoon

The Moon will be located opposite the Earth from the Sun and will be fully illuminated as seen from Earth. This phase occurs at 18:33 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Sturgeon Moon because the large sturgeon fish of the Great Lakes and other major lakes were more easily caught at this time of year.

Algonquin tribes converged on the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water to fish for sturgeon in August. These massive, prehistoric fish were an important part of the tribes’ survival, so August’s full Moon became known as the Full Sturgeon Moon.

This moon has also been known as the Green Corn Moon and the Grain Moon. This is also the second of four supermoons for 2023. The Moon will be near its closest approach to the Earth and may look slightly larger and brighter than usual.

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