While the name may conjure a mental image of a moon decorated with caviar craters, the full moon in the month of August actually got its name from American Indian tribes along the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain. It was around August that sturgeon were most plentiful and easily caught. But different tribes had different names for the moon based on their agricultural seasons. Some called it the “Full Green Corn Moon,” the “Wheat Cut Moon,” “Moon When All Things Ripen” or the “Blueberry Moon.”
The moon will actually reach its perfect peak at 1:11 p.m. (EST) Monday, August 7, so technically, once the moon rises, viewers in the U.S. will actually see an almost-full waning gibbous moon. However, most people will not be able to spot the difference when it appears in the eastern sky on August 6.
Moonrise tonight and tomorrow is as follows: Eastport, Maine: Sunday - 7:08 p.m.; Monday - 7:46 p.m. Tallahassee, Florida: Sunday - 7:48 p.m.; Monday - 8:30 p.m.