- 8:30-10:30 PM Friday, August 24
- 8:30-10:30 PM Saturday, August 25
- 9:30-11:30 PM Sunday, August 26 (Full Sturgeon Moon – read description below!)
This weekend’s moon is summer’s last big show of the season, with the Sturgeon Moon set to become officially full just before 8 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26.
This means both Saturday’s and Sunday’s moonrises will be a treat, if skies are clear.
The August moon is traditionally called the Sturgeon Moon because this type of fish can be a good catch in late summer and September, according to Space.com.
In Michigan, the ancient-looking lake sturgeon are a threatened fish and are caught only sparingly, according to strict guidelines. Volunteers each spring stand guard over their spawning rivers to protect the fish from poachers.
But not all groups use the Sturgeon name for the last summer moon.
Here’s what Space.com has to say about what other people call this moon:
“The Ojibwa — who lived in what is now southeastern Canada, near the Great Lakes — referred to the eighth moon of the year as the Blackberry Moon, which could also occur in July. The August full moon — the ninth full moon of the year — was called the Corn Moon by peoples in northeastern North America, per the Old Farmer’s Almanac.