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Full “Sturgeon” Moon

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE – There’s almost always reason to celebrate, and here’s yours for the next two nights: a light will shine brightly over the foothills as the full “Sturgeon Moon” rises above.

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The moon will not look like this but a sturgeon does

The full moon in the wee hours of Thursday, Aug. 18 is known as a sturgeon moon, so named by some Native American tribes in the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain, since the ancient bottom feeders were most readily caught this time of year.

Other names for this month’s marvelous orb are Harvest Moon, Green Corn Moon, Grain Moon, Blueberry Moon, Cow Buffalo, and Moon When All Things Ripen.

Just for fun, here’s a list of 40 Top 40 songs about the moon.

Source: Old Farmer’s Almanac, Wikipedia

 

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