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.
Alternative names for the full moon include the Flying Up Moon, Corn Moon, Rice Moon and Harvest Moon.
Although the Sturgeon Moon was the last supermoon of the year, the fun doesn’t end there.
This weekend, the Perseid Meteor Shower will be at its peak! This means it will be the best time to view the incredible sight in the night sky.
The predicted peak for the Perseids is on Saturday, August 13th, with 50 to 75 shooting stars per hour expected!
To ensure you have the best view of the shower, go to a dark area away from city lights pre-dawn, here is our list of the best places to watch the meteor shower in and around Victoria.
Here are 5 stunning photos of last night’s ‘Sturgeon Moon’ over Vancouver Island: