Last night my friend Meredith and I were walking back home along the London Canals, having had a nice waterfront dinner, when something caught my eye.
Oh. Wow. "Is that the moon?!?" I asked, spying a bright orange semicircle of brightness peeking over the top of a distant skyscraper. It was absolutely gorgeous. (Note, the image above is not of last night--I couldn't get a good picture, so you'll have to use your imagination!)
This morning I was googling to try and find out why the moon was orange, but before I even got that far, I stumbled onto another fun fact: The Full Moon on August 18th was a lunar eclipse in the realm of Aquarius, suggesting "many new beginnings and possibly unexpected endings."
All right, so far, so good, but the REAL fun fact for me is this:
According to the Farmer's Almanac, the August 2016 Full Moon is also known as the ... Sturgeon Moon. Yes, sturgeon. Apparently, some native American tribes called it that because "they knew that the sturgeon of the Greak Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this Full Moon."
I kind of love this. Think about it: naming a Full Moon hundreds and hundreds of years ago after a finned friend. Not the prettiest of fishes, granted, but still kind of a fun idea.
I wonder why I'd have called last night's Full Moon, if it'd been up to me to name. Pimm's Moon? (after the cocktail I had at the restaurant) Truffle moon? (after the dominant flavor in my mac 'n cheese) Adolescent swan moon? (after the two adorable gray swans who floated alongside us as we walked home)
Hmmm, my moon-naming needs work. The next Full Moon this year will be on September 16th. It is also known as the "Full Corn Moon" or the "Full Harvest Moon." That's ... boring.
Maybe I can do better.