In August, there will be two supermoons, starting with the sturgeon moon on August 1st.
The term “sturgeon moon” originated from Native American and European traditions, referring to the abundance of giant sturgeons in the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain during the summer. These fish have been around for millions of years but face population decline due to overfishing and habitat loss.
A supermoon occurs when the moon’s orbit brings it closer to Earth, making it appear larger and brighter than a regular full moon.
This year, 2023, will have four supermoons, including a blue moon on August 30th, which is the second full moon of the month.
The names of each full moon hold cultural significance and have connections to various traditions from indigenous peoples, colonial settlers, and European cultures.
Originally, these names were attributed to the entire lunar month, not just the night of the full moon itself. So, get ready for two enchanting moonlit evenings in August!