Tonight's full moon visible on the East coast from dusk to dawn is unique in a few ways.
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 since the late summer was often time to harvest these crops.
Tonight's moonrise will occur just before sunset this evening and moonset is around dawn Wednesday. The moon is officially full on Tuesday at 9:45 p.m. EDT.
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A blue moon is sometimes referred to as the third full moon in a season of four full moons, where the seasons are marked by equal three month intervals between solstices and equinoxes as opposed to calendar quarters. This spectacle has nothing to do with the color of the moon though, as blue moons are seldom blue.
- Check your weather forecast to see if conditions will be clear for viewing the full moon tonight.