Full Sturgeon Moon 2022: Meaning Behind August Supermoon

Full Sturgeon Moon 2022: Meaning Behind August Supermoon

Published August 11, 2022
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Full moons are a lunar phase that occurs roughly once every month when the moon is located opposite the sun in space, with the Earth in between. At these times, the side of the moon that faces toward us is fully illuminated, appearing like a perfect circle.

The name “Sturgeon Moon” originates with the Algonquin peoples native to what is now the Northeastern United States, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac. It refers to the fact that this period was considered a prime time for catching sturgeon in the Great Lakes and other major water bodies in the region.

These fish were once plentiful and constituted an important part of the diet of the Indigenous peoples who inhabited the Great Lakes region. But overfishing in the 1800s and 1900s—driven by the commercial fishing industry—led to dramatic reductions in the lake sturgeon population. Other factors, such as pollution produced by paper mills, had a negative impact on the species.

The Sturgeon Moon is not the only traditional name for the full moon in August. Others originating from Native American peoples are the Flying Up Moon, Corn Moon, Harvest Moon, Ricing Moon, Black Cherries Moon and Mountain Shadows Moon.