There will be a Full Moon on Monday, August 3, 2020.
August 2020 Full Moon USA Time
Skywatchers will be able to see August’s Full Moon beginning with a moonrise over the Atlantic Ocean on Florida’s east coast around 8:35 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (with a few minutes deviation depending on your exact location.)
The moonset will occur around 7:31 a.m. EDT on the following morning.
The full moon will have a 99.9% illumination.
The moon will technically be at its fullest at 11:19 a.m. EDT which occurs before the moonrise and out of sight from U.S. viewers.
Full Moon Effects
For those planning a stroll along the beach to watch the Full Moon, August’s Full Moon will cause over a 4-foot high tide on August 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th which may increase the storm surge effects from Hurricane Isaias along the U.S. east coast.
The bright full moon will also make it harder to see the three meteor showers occurring in early August.
When is the best time to watch the August 2020 Full Moon?
Low hanging moons near the horizon appear larger to humans.
So, the August 2020 Full Moon will appear biggest to the naked eye on the U.S east coast during and just after the moonrise around 8:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
Why is an August Full Moon called a Sturgeon Moon?
These moon names are associated with seasonal occurrences that happen in August.
Native American tribes that fished for sturgeon in the U.S. Great Lakes gave the August full moon this name.