Full Moon and New Moon for August 2021

New Moon - Aug 2021New Moon
August 8 - 13:50 UTCnextDate
First Quarter - Aug 2021First Quarter
August 15 - 15:19 UTCnextDate
Full Moon - Aug 2021Full Moon
August 22 - 12:02 UTCnextDate
Last Quarter - Aug 2021Last Quarter
August 30 - 07:13 UTCnextDate
New Moon - Aug 2021
New Moon
August 8
13:50 UTC
First Quarter - Aug 2021
First Quarter
August 15
15:19 UTC
Full Moon - Aug 2021
Full Moon
August 22
12:02 UTC
Last Quarter - Aug 2021
Last Quarter
August 30
07:13 UTC

Current Phase details for August 2021

Above are the details for the Full Moon, New Moon and Quarter Moon phases of the current month of August 2021. This Month starts with a New Moon on Sunday the 8th of August. The Full Moon is later in the month on Sunday the 22nd of August. The last major phase of this month is a Last Quarter on Monday, August 30th. The Full Moon occurs at specific times and can vary depending on where you live. Check the Date and Times Chart below to see how the day and times can vary in your local timezone.

August Full Moon

What is the August Full Sturgeon Moon?

August’s full moon is called the Full Sturgeon Moon, after the primitive fish that used to be abundant in North America’s lakes and rivers during the summer months. Having remained mostly unchanged since the earliest fossil records, sturgeons are ancient living fossils that can grow up until 3.5 meters long, or as long as two adult humans stacked on top of each other. Nowadays, however, it’s almost impossible to see a sturgeon during the Full Sturgeon Moon. While they used to thrive, sturgeons are now considered the single most critically endangered group of species on earth - and you might be part of the reason why.

Have you ever eaten caviar? Some species of sturgeons are harvested for their roe, which is then processed into caviar. Because of this, wild sturgeons have been exploited to the brink of extinction due to overfishing and illegal poaching. In addition, they are also vulnerable to water pollution, and their breeding grounds are often damaged due to agriculture and lumbering. Though sturgeons are extremely long-lived - the females can live up to be 150 years old - sturgeons might not be around for much longer. They might have survived the dinosaurs, but they might not be able to survive human beings and our hunger for luxurious delicacies like caviar. But there is something even more terrifying than hungry human beings: hungry ghosts.

In China, the Full Sturgeon Moon is known as the Hungry Ghosts Moon. August’s full moon coincides with the Hungry Ghosts Festival, which is when the gates of hell open up and the hungry dead once again walk amongst the living. The Chinese prepare offerings of food and money to satisfy the ghosts’ hunger, make them happy, and prevent them from causing havoc amongst humankind. In Malaysia and Singapore, Chinese communities set up musical stages and host performances, making sure to always leave the front row empty for the honored guests - the hungry ghosts. Under the full moon, people light lotus-shaped water lanterns and float them on lakes, rivers, and pools, in order to provide light for lost souls to find their way safely back into the afterlife.

Despite the macabre atmosphere of the event, the Hungry Ghosts Festival actually originated as a harvest festival during the Han Dynasty, during which farmers would pray to their ancestors and report their autumn harvest to them. Due to Taoist and Buddhist influences, folk beliefs combined with religious ceremonies to form the Hungry Ghost Festival. In Japan, which also had Buddhist influences, this festival is celebrated as the Obon festival. Japanese communities wear yukata, eat and make merry at carnivals, and perform the Obon dance.

In North America, Native American tribes also saw the Full Sturgeon Moon as signifying a time of bountiful harvest. The Cherokee tribes called it the Full Fruit Moon, and many other First Nation tribes referred to it as the Black Berries Moon. The Sioux called it the Moon When All Things Ripen. The Paint Clans, which were known for their medicinal prowess, would harvest herbs and medicines, while the Wild Potato tribes would forage for food. Naturally, they would also catch a lot of sturgeon. You, on the other hand, may want to celebrate the Full Sturgeon Moon by telling your friends about the importance of saving its critically endangered namesake.

Local Date and Time for August 2021 Full Moon in major cities around the world:

Los Angeles,
San Francisco,
Vancouver

August 22, 2021
5:02am PDT

Denver,
Salt Lake City,
Calgary

August 22, 2021
6:02am MDT

Chicago,
Houston,
San Antonio

August 22, 2021
7:02am CDT

New York,
Toronto,
Atlanta

August 22, 2021
8:02am EDT

London,
Manchester,
Dublin

August 22, 2021
1:02pm BST

Paris,
Rome,
Berlin

August 22, 2021
2:02pm CEST

Athens,
Istanbul,
Helsinki

August 22, 2021
3:02pm EEST

Dubai,
Abu Dhabi,
Muscat

August 22, 2021
4:02pm +04

Bangalore,
Mumbai,
New Delhi

August 22, 2021
5:32pm IST

Singapore,
Kuala Lumpur

August 22, 2021
8:02pm +08

Perth,
Hong Kong,
Beijing

August 22, 2021
8:02pm AWST

Sydney,
Brisbane,
Melbourne

August 22, 2021
10:02pm AEST