Voting to name August’s Full Moon has ended, and readers have overwhelmingly chosen the name “Full Cricket Moon” for this month’s full Moon, which falls on Tuesday, August 24, at 1:05 p.m.
The name “Full Cricket Moon” was submitted by two different people, the first of whom, and our winner, was Randy Hermatz, of Garden City, Michigan. Congratulations!
The traditional full Moon name for August is the Full Sturgeon Moon. It got its name from the Indian tribes who subsisted by fishing along the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water. A sturgeon is a massive fish that can grow to lengths of up to 18 feet. A single sturgeon could feed many people, and these prized fish were most readily caught during the month of August. Other tribes called August’s Moon the Full Red Moon because, as the Moon rises, it can appear reddish through the haze of the humid August air. It was also called the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon, because this is the time of year when corn and other grains grow in abundance.
The idea behind the Farmers’ Almanac Name that Moon Contest was to come up with more up-to-date names for the full Moons, not as a replacement for the traditional names, but as modern alternatives that better reflect today’s activities and values. This month, as with many other months, readers chose a timeless name tied to the natural world. Though we may not be as dependent on the cycles of nature for survival as we once were, nature — the chirping of crickets in summer, the soft fall of snow in winter — clearly remains a strong current in our lives.
Be sure to visit our Name that Moon Contest page today to submit your suggestion for September’s full Moon name.