Vancouverites looking for another moon-bathing moment will have one in the midst of a breathtaking astral display this summer.
The Full Sturgeon Moon is slated to rise in Metro Vancouver skies on Aug. 11 at 6:35 p.m., according to timeanddate.com. The moon will appear nearly full in the nights leading to and following the event, however.
And as the moon reaches its fullest form, another celestial spectacle will reach its awe-inspiring peak.
The Perseid shower will peak from Aug. 11 to Aug. 12 but is active from July 14 to Sept.1 in 2022. You can expect to see about 50 to 75 shooting stars per hour at their peak.
The August meteor shower is considered one of the most popular of the year and is one of the easiest to view from the Northern Hemisphere.
Full Sturgeon Moon rises in Vancouver
The August full moon gets its fishy name from Native American tribes who knew sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught around the time the moon was at its fullest. Of course, the August moon, like the other monthly moons of the year, has many names.
For example, they also referred to the moon as the "full green corn moon," explains the Old Farmer’s Almanac. Different tribes also used different names, including "'Wheat Cut Moon” (San Ildefonso, and San Juan), “Moon When All Things Ripen” (Dakotah Sioux), and ”Blueberry Moon” (Ojibwe)."
Sky-watchers should opt to travel as far away from city lights as possible in order to avoid light pollution that will obscure the clarity of heavenly bodies. While this works best in more remote places, anywhere that has a higher elevation will also provide more ideal viewing conditions.