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Sturgeon Moon above Edinburgh Castle thrills stargazers

The name is believed to originate from early Native American tribes.

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A full moon, known as a Sturgeon Moon in the month of August, rises behind Edinburgh Castle (Jane Barlow/PA)

A full moon, known as a Sturgeon Moon in the month of August, rises behind Edinburgh Castle (Jane Barlow/PA)

A full moon, known as a Sturgeon Moon in the month of August, rises behind Edinburgh Castle (Jane Barlow/PA)

Stargazers spotted a Sturgeon Moon rising above Edinburgh Castle on Monday.

No relation to Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the name is given to the August full moon.

It is believed to originate from early Native American tribes who chose the title as the sturgeon fish of the North American Great Lakes are most readily caught during this month.

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The Sturgeon Moon is believed to originate from early Native American tribes (Jane Barlow/PA)

The Sturgeon Moon is believed to originate from early Native American tribes (Jane Barlow/PA)

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The Sturgeon Moon is believed to originate from early Native American tribes (Jane Barlow/PA)

Other tribal names for the August full moon are the Green Corn Moon and the Grain Moon.

This year, the full Sturgeon Moon was at its peak in the UK at 7.10pm on Monday.

As well as the commonly known September Harvest Moon, traditional names for other full moons include the Strawberry Moon in June, Wolf Moon in January and Worm Moon in March.

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