The Texas flag flies in front of a full moon August 20, 2013. August’s full moon, which rose on Tuesday can be correctly identified as a “Blue Moon,” because it is the third full moon in a season with four. Most of the seasons have only three Blue Moons.

The Texas flag flies in front of a full moon August 20, 2013. August’s full moon, which rose on Tuesday can be correctly identified as a “Blue Moon,” a “Full Sturgeon Moon,” a “Full Red Moon,” a “Green Corn Moon and a “Grain Moon.” It qualifies as a Blue Moon because it’s the third full moon in a season with four (most seasons have only three). The title of Full Sturgeon Moon refers to the annual August full moon because the large fish called sturgeon can most easily be caught at this time of year.
The title of Full Red Moon comes from the reddish tint of the moon as it rises caused by atmospheric conditions this time of year. The last title, Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon, are interchangeable and refer to the crops that grow tallest at this time of year.
James Durbin/Reporter-Telegram

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