Doug Clement Sturgeon Moon
Doug Clement Photography

Islanders were treated to some stunning views of a ‘Sturgeon Moon’ last night and snapped some terrific photos for social media.

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the first full moon in August is occasionally referred to as a Sturgeon Moon. The name dates back to colonial-era North America and likely derives from the fish being plentiful at this time of year in the Great Lakes area.

Kaigani Haida artist Dolly Garza says in her book “Tlingit: Moon & Tide” that the Haida referred to the August full moon as Chíin Kungáay, or a Salmon Moon.

The moon reached peak illumination last night but will be visible tonight as it begins waning to third quarter on August 11.

The astronomy viewing website cleardarksky.com says that it’s a clear night ahead, so there’s still plenty of good views to be had.

Coming up next week Islanders will be treated to the annual Perseids meteor shower. Here’s how you can take in the dazzling display of shooting stars.

Full "Sturgeon" Moon rising over Victoria.Murray Sharratt Photography

Posted by Murray Sharratt on Tuesday, August 4, 2020

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Full moon rising over the Salish Sea

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Aug 3 full moon rising behind the Trial Island Lighthouse, from Dallas Road.

Posted by Neil Dickie on Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Aug 3 full moon rising over Trial Island Lighthouse.

Posted by Neil Dickie on Tuesday, August 4, 2020

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Aug 3 2020 Full Moon. Last nights full moon, called the “Sturgeon Moon”, “Green Corn Moon”, “ Red Corn Moon”, and “Grain Moon”. That’s any lot of names for one Moon! Lol..! If you know any more let me know! #shaneellisphotography . . . . #amazingbc #brentwoodbay #campbellriverbc #cityofcolwood #cityofvictoria #courtenaybc #elklakebc #explorevanisle #explorebc #explorevictoria #explorenanaimo #saanichpeninsula #saanichton #saanichbc #saanich #northsaanich #sidneybc #tourismvictoria #tourismvancouverisland #tourismvictoriabc #trekwest #vancouverisland #vancouveridlandbc #vancouverislandphotographer #vancouverislandguide #vancouverislandlife #victoria_city_canada #victoria_buzz #victoriabc

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