In celebration of the full moon tonight:
A full moon occurs each month when the sun, Earth and moon line up, with the Earth in between the two. During this time, the Earth-facing side of the moon is completely illuminated by the sun, giving observers on the planet a stunningly bright lunar sight, weather permitting.
August's full moon is known as the Full Sturgeon Moon by some Native American tribes because it marks the time when its namesake fish can be most readily caught. Other Native American tribes call the August Moon the 'Full Green Corn Moon' and the 'Blueberry Moon.'
August's full moon is also known as the 'Harvest Moon' to the Chinese and the 'Dispute Moon' in Celtic culture. And in the Southern Hemisphere, where it is currently winter, August's full moon has been known as the Snow Moon, Storm Moon, Hunger Moon and Wolf Moon.
A Supermoon occurs when the full moon of a given month coincides with the moon's arrival at perigee, the point in its orbit when it is closest to Earth. During these times, the moon can appear up to 14 percent larger than it appears when it is at its farthest point from Earth. Supermoons, or perigee full moons, will occur on Oct. 16, Nov. 14, and Dec. 14, 2016.
During some full moons, the moon aligns directly behind the Earth with respect to the sun, creating a lunar eclipse as it passes through the Earth's shadow. Because the moon's orbit is tilted, this lunar alignment does not occur every month. The next such eclipse will be a minor penumbral lunar eclipse and will occur on Sept. 16, 2016
If you would be interested in a watching a live broadcast of the full moon tonight, here is a link to do so: