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Get ready for another amazing full moon!

Vancouver Island skies are set to host a remarkable celestial event to kick off the month of August, delighting stargazers and aspiring astronomers.

The moon known as the sturgeon supermoon will rise over Victoria on Tuesday, August 1st.

There are four supermoons in 2023: July’s Buck Moon, August’s Sturgeon Moon, followed by a Blue Moon, and September’s Harvest Moon.

According to the Farmers Almanac, the August full moon earned its name due to its occurrence during the period of summer when the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain witnessed an abundance of giant sturgeon.

The moon will reach its fullest peak on the afternoon of Tuesday, August 1st, reaching peak illumination at 11:32 a.m. That evening, look toward the southeast after sunset to catch a glimpse of the Sturgeon Moon rising.

For the best viewing experience, enthusiasts are advised to venture far from city lights. Parks, remote, and rural areas offer optimal vantage points to witness this captivating natural wonder.

A full Blue Moon will also occur later in the month on Wednesday, August 30th—and it will be the closest supermoon of the year!

As of this publication, next week’s weeks weather is expected to be full of sun and clear skies making it perfect for viewing.

Full Sturgeon Moon

  • When: Evening of August 1st or early morning of August 2nd
  • Where: Look up toward the southeastern sky after sunset

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