Greek museums, archaeological sites, stay open to honour “Sturgeon” full moon

Greek museums and archaeological sites were opened late in Greece on Saturday (August 21) for the public to enjoy August’s full “Sturgeon” moon.

August’s full moon, which cast its orange glow over the marble columns of the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion, first appeared on Saturday and will reach peak illumination on Sunday (August 22), according to NASA.

Various cultural events are organized around the country as part of the annual festival in honour of the August full moon, with archaeological sites and museums remaining open late into the evening. A piano concert was held on the terrace of the Acropolis Museum beneath the ancient hill, with a view to the illuminated Parthenon Temple.

Moons were often given names by Native American tribes, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

This months full moon was referred to as the Sturgeon Moon, due to the sturgeon that were caught during this time in the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain of North America. Other native tribes called this moon the harvest or corn moon due to the gathering of crops at this time.

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