August Full Moon 2016: See a Lunar ‘Sturgeon’ Tonight – Space.com
August 20, 2016 - Supermoon
August’s Full Sturgeon Moon occured during 5:26 a.m. EDT (0926 GMT) on today, though to a infrequent observer, a moon will seem full a day before (tonight) and after a lunar event. To applaud a moon milestone, a online Slooh Community Observatory hosted a giveaway live webcast on a full moon in partnership with “The Old Farmer’s Almanac,” and we can see it on Slooh.com.
A full moon occurs any month when a sun, Earth and moon line up, with a Earth in between a two. During this time, a Earth-facing side of a moon is totally splendid by a sun, giving observers on a world a stunningly splendid lunar sight, continue permitting.
During Slooh’s lunar webcast, horde Paul Cox discussed a Aug full moon’s many names with Janice Stillman, editor of “The Old Farmer’s Almanac.”
“Some Native American tribes called a Aug Moon a ‘Sturgeon Moon,’ ‘Full Green Corn Moon’ and a ‘Blueberry Moon,'” Slooh member wrote in an announcement. “Janice will plead where these singular names came from, and share some of a fable and science surrounding those names and traditions.”
Cox was also assimilated in a webcast by Slooh astronomer Bob Berman (who is also astronomy editor for “The Old Farmer’s Almanac”) “to plead what causes a full moon, indicate out some of a engaging facilities and preview a arriving series of supermoons that start their attainment this fall,” Slooh member explained.
August’s full moon is also famous as a Harvest to a Chinese and a Dispute Moon in Celtic culture. And in a Southern Hemisphere, where it is now winter, August’s full moon has been famous as a Snow Moon, Storm Moon, Hunger Moon and Wolf Moon, according to Earthsky.org.
A supposed supermoon occurs when a full moon of a given month coincides with a moon’s attainment during perigee, a indicate in a circuit when it is closest to Earth. During these times, a moon can seem adult to 14 percent incomparable than it appears when it is during a farthest indicate from Earth. Supermoons, or perigee full moons, will start on Oct. 16, Nov. 14 and Dec. 14.
During some full moons, a moon aligns directly behind a Earth with honour to a sun, formulating a lunar obscure as it passes by a Earth’s shadow. Because a moon’s circuit is tilted, this lunar fixing does not start each month. The subsequent such obscure will be a teenager penumbral lunar obscure and will start on Sept. 16.
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