A complete Sturgeon Moon is set to grace the night sky in the forthcoming days, much to the delight of skywatchers. Full moons are still astronomical phenomenon that occurs about once a month when the Earth is positioned between the sun and the moon. In this situation, the face of the moon which we may see is fully lit up by our celebrity, appearing like a circle that is perfect. Technically the term full moon pertains into the specific moment when our natural satellite is directly opposite the sun. In August this moment will take place in 8: 29 a.m.

EDT or 4: 29 a.m. PT on August 15, in accordance with the Old Farmer’s Almanac. But for all intents and purposes, the moon will seem full to our eyes for about a day before and following this precise moment. In North America, the full month of August is traditionally referred to as the Sturgeon Moon, a name that originated with Native American groups, according to the Almanac. The name refers of the fact that these tribes considered August the best month for catching sturgeon fish, which once utilized to be common in America’s lakes, Forbes reported. The full moon in August has also been referred to as the Cereal Moon, the Barley Moon, the Green Corn Moon and the Fruit Moon.

From the Northern Hemisphere, the sturgeon moon is the second of 3 full moon in summer when we’re talking in astronomical terms, even though it ought to be noted that there is in fact two distinct dates to the beginning of this season. Astronomical summer in the northern hemisphere began with the June solstice and will end with the autumn equinox on September 23. But when talking in meteorological terms, summer started on June 1 and will end on August 31. It is since the year is split up slightly differently to the astrological calendar year, taking into consideration the calendar months and the annual temperature cycles.

From the Southern Hemisphere, the reverse is true: the August full moon would be the second of the astronomical winter. There it’s traditionally called by various names, including the Snow Moon, Storm Moon, Hunger Moon and Wolf Moon, according to EarthSky. The optimal times to look at the complete moon is just after moonrise from the eastern sky and just before moonset in the western sky, Forbes reported. On August 15 this contrasts to 5: 57 a.m. And 8: 21 p.m. EDT and 6: 15 a.m. And 8.10 p.m. PT. Right after the moonrise, our satellite will seem to be pale orange colour before becoming white and bright when it rises into the sky.