The Full Moon :: August Nature Study

We observed the full moon on August 20 and August 21. In August, the full moon is called the Full Sturgeon Moon

According to the Farmers' Almanac

• Full Sturgeon Moon – August The fishing tribes are given credit for the naming of this Moon, since sturgeon, a large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water, were most readily caught during this month. A few tribes knew it as the Full Red Moon because, as the Moon rises, it appears reddish through any sultry haze. It was also called the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon.

We grabbed the binoculars and looked at the craters on the moon. It was a beautiful clear evening and the full moon was very bright. I took a few photos but looking at my camera's screen, the pictures didn't seem very clear. I was surprised once I loaded them onto the computer how clear they were! The photo above is cropped but not altered. 

We recorded the full moon on the moon sketches by leaving it white for our nature journal. 

We read the pages on the moon in the Usborne First Encyclopedia of Space. 

We looked at some panoramic photos of the moon's surface here. 

You can find out more about studying the moon and its craters at the Handbook of Nature Study blog. 


  1. You captured a great image. I tried to get a few myself but I wasn't successful even with my tripod. I did enjoy viewing the moon with my men and we talked about the moon quite a bit this month. The wildfires in our area are making smoke-filled skies and it makes the moon look orange. Thanks for sharing your study!


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