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A Sturgeon Moon. August 5, 2009

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
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You may or may not know that each and every full moon has a name.

I find it odd that, at 55, I’m only familiar with October’s “Harvest Moon.”  WTF, didn’t my elementary school hire Wickens??

Anyway, August’s full moon is known to us Americans as the “sturgeon moon.”

That has to be one of the most romantic things I’ve ever said here at LBT.

So without further ado, but with apologies for the lack of clarity induced by an impossibly thick atmosphere, here’s this year’s candidate for “Sturgeon Moon:”

August moon

This one was caught cresting a hill in Shelburne, Massachusetts, and may be as good as it gets ’till the drier airs of autumn.



1. sherry - August 6, 2009


2. Pagan Sphinx - August 6, 2009

That’s pretty good! Sturgeon Moon. Sturgeon used to be plentiful in the Connecticut River but efforts to harvest them and restock successfully have failed. We visited huge tanks full of them at the fish lab in Turners. Fascinating creatures. Prehistoric looking.

What they have to do with a full moon in August, I haven’t a clue.

3. Laurie B - August 6, 2009

The lyrics are easier with diamond moon but your photo of sturgeon moon is terrific. Love your site, have offered many people the link, hope they’ve done so. Thanks.

4. littlebangtheory - August 6, 2009

Apparently they were most abundant (and catchable) in the Great Lakes at this time of year. Or at least, so goes the legend.

And Laurie, thanks. I used to be more easily able to track my visitors, but now that WordPress has “improved” their platform, not so much.

5. distributorcap - August 8, 2009

i didnt know the full moons had names!

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