The Science Of The Blue Moon And Sturgeon

by Rachel Baker on August 20, 2013

According to the Huffington Post, this month’s full moon – which rises tonight on August 20th – is a rare “Blue Moon”. It’s also the Full Sturgeon Moon, the Full Red Moon, the Green Corn Moon and the Grain Moon.

Today’s full moon qualifies as a Blue Moon because it’s the third full moon in a season with four (most seasons have only three). Historically, there have been two different definitions of a Blue Moon.

The annual August full moon has come to be known as the Full Sturgeon Moon, because the large fish called sturgeon can most easily be caught at this time of year. The name came from tribes who caught this fish in bodies of water such as the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain.

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