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Why Is It Called The Sturgeon Moon?

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August’s Moon, known as the “Sturgeon Moon” turns 100% full on the 15th at 8:29 a.m. ET. But how did it get that name?

The fishing tribes of North America are given credit for the naming of August’s Moon, since sturgeon, a large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water, were most readily caught during this month.

A few tribes knew it as the Full Red Moon because, as the Moon rises, it appears reddish through any sultry haze. It was also called the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon.

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24 comments

1 Maria Crafton { 08.14.19 at 1:00 pm }

I’ve 20 surgeries. Most with complications…My neighbor looked up the dates and time of my previous surgeries and told me in no uncertain terms I had done more than half of those on the wrong time of the moon. And I mean I’ve had complications that should’ve not even happened including problems with Dr. that saw no reason I should be dealing with those problems and acted as if I just wanted to complain, until I made them take my the cast of my leg, and it was literally rotting. Reason pain killers, shots wouldn’t help…

2 Laura Clayton { 08.14.19 at 7:55 am }

LoVe the Farmers Almanac. My husband & and I rely on it for our Garden & our other plants, our dog, canning, baking, etc…. ❤️ Thank you ❤️

3 Farmer Wayne { 08.07.19 at 7:45 am }

Hey everyone!

As a food farmer, I plant, harvest, cultivate, and tend to my crops using Farmers Almanac as much as possible. Having Great Results!
The rotation of the moon and stars plays in very heavily!
In drought, you plant with a robust moon, when wet, plant when the moon is small!

4 Sunday’s Full Sturgeon Moon 2018 « Cosmic Observation { 08.26.18 at 6:49 pm }

[…] Sturgeon is a big, prehistoric fish that is rather common to the Great Lakes. Native American fishing tribes, like the Algonquin, are credited with naming August’s full moon. It is also known as a Red […]

5 Geralinda Eden { 08.11.17 at 1:15 pm }

My Grandmother swore by the Farmers Almanac that we de-horn cattle on a certain day and they wouldn’t bleed. Even attending Veterinarians thought she was kooky. None of the 50 head cattle bled on that day.

6 Kenneth Miller { 08.17.16 at 7:59 am }

I love reading the FARMERS’ALMANAC my mother in law got me started on following and reading the farmers almanac!She was a very smart lady and lived in Tennessee and grew up on a farm and they would follow when to plant and others things in the almanac and they swore by it!

7 homer { 08.17.16 at 4:45 am }

Full Sturgeon Moon! This is all something new to me.

8 Shane W. Sturgeon { 08.30.15 at 6:45 am }

I was born a Sturgeon on 14/01/1982 in Toronto, Ontario – CANADA. I came across this web site the other day & I am very interested in ” August’s Full Sturgeon Moon “. I only seen a Sturgeon Fish of when I was a young boys while visiting an aquarium in Southern Ontario. I would like very much to get more information on anything that has the Sturgeon name: Sturgeon Lake, Falls, Bay & Fish etc.. Thank You for all the information so far.
Shane W. Sturgeon
1006-3845 Sheppard Ave., E.
Scarborough, ON M1T3S8
CANADA
dsturgeon_6549@yahoo.ca

9 Susan Higgins { 09.03.15 at 12:04 pm }

Thanks, Woody Miller!

10 Woody Miller { 08.29.15 at 12:26 pm }

I enjoy your site, very interesting, Thank You.

11 Margaret Fleming { 08.28.15 at 9:11 pm }

Thank you for the Info

12 PETE { 08.27.15 at 10:31 am }

awesome

13 Val { 08.26.15 at 5:07 pm }

Great info. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

14 Charlene { 08.26.15 at 4:36 pm }

You always have some fascinating, useful information for the readers. I will be outside Saturday night with my 5 yr old grandson telling him about the different names for this particular full moon and the reasons for those names. Hopefully, he will remember and pass it on some day. Thank you.

15 Josie { 08.26.15 at 3:14 pm }

Great information. thank you

16 Brandon { 08.26.15 at 1:16 pm }

This is great and of course so is the Farmer’s Almanac.
Thank you!

17 MARK { 08.26.15 at 12:38 pm }

This was my first email from you…look forward to learning something like this as often as possible….I think a lot of people ( with small minds ) may not find this interesting…..I find it fascinating…it looks as though other so also…thank you

18 Sharon Baird { 08.26.15 at 11:13 am }

Love to read these things

19 eleanor { 08.26.15 at 10:40 am }

I enjoy hear fascinating bits of info… Keep it up!!!

20 Kenneth Scott Hughes { 08.26.15 at 7:51 am }

Love your info and site – time to start planning my fall/winter garden!

21 Ivana { 08.21.13 at 11:07 am }

I love everything you guys post every day I love to learn more about this beautiful country . Interesting information about this ” little sturgeon 15 foot long ” BEC I m a. Swimmer in opens waters LOL . Thanks for the tip . Thanks again from Mississauga .

22 Scott hebblethwaite { 08.20.13 at 12:46 pm }

Learned something new again today thanks

23 RB { 08.20.13 at 12:28 pm }

I would imagine if you go to sturgeon by on a sturgeon moon you might catch a 15 footer. 😉

24 Sharon { 08.20.13 at 8:28 am }

Sturgeon Bay, sturgeon moon. What do they have in common?

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