The August Sturgeon Full Moon was a beautiful site this year. It was big, bright and very orange, that most certainly reminded me of fall and pumpkins!
The August Moon Phases
I thought I’d do something a little different with this months Full Moon. Instead of just sharing the grand moon finale, I thought I’d add in the beginning of the moons phases, to the August Sturgeon Full Moon. That way you can see how it changes in size and direction. I absolutely love photographing the moon, because it’s always showing me something new.
The above photo was taken on August 6th, 2019 on a Thursday. It’s in the Waxing Crescent and 45.1% full. Rising up at 107 degrees in the Northwest.
I have been very busy for most of this month and things have finally begun to slow down. So between the cloudy days and nights, I wasn’t able to photograph the sturgeon moon as often as I would have like. My usual goal is to shot each day, weather permitting so I can see it’s changes.
The day time photo was taken on August 7th it was a Waxing Gibbous at 54.9% full. Rose in the Northwest at 66 degrees. These were the few moon photos I was able to catch before the full moon show began.
So fast forward to August 14th, The August Sturgeon Full Moon rising up, from a thick layer of clouds at the horizon. It took a bit of time for the moon come up through the clouds. But when it did, it was a gorgeous orange!
Where the August Full Moon came from
August’s Full Moon comes from the Native American tribes. Who new that the sturgeon in the Great Lakes and in Lake Champlain were readily caught, during the Full Moon. Which is very appropriately named!
The Sturgeon Moonrise was approximately 8:03 pm at 116 degrees Southeast, an near full at 99.9% (Waxing Gibbous).
As the moon rose up-above the blanket of clouds it began it’s show to shine above the city.
Sturgeon Full Moon Rising above the Mall
On August 15th the Sturgeon Full Moon was 99.9% a Near Full Moon (Waxing Waning Gibbous). That rose in the Northwest and traveled 69 degrees over to the East.
I decided to go down town to shoot the moon coming up just over our mall. Love the long exposed vehicles passing by, this created the red and white lines. From the cars taillights.
It was a lot of fun photographing the moon down town, I think I’ll do more of it in the future. The best was accidentally being in the perfect spot to catch the moon coming up, and having the traffic from the bridge right in front of me. So it was a win, win situation!
The next Full Moon is the September Harvest, I hope it’s as orange as Augusts was. Happy Mooning!