Tonight's Sky: Full 'Grain' moon

Full Moon Captured by Thomas Pemrick

Look to the east just after sunset tonight for a beautiful spectacle.

The full "grain" moon rises above the horizon at 8:13 p.m. and sets tomorrow morning at 8:03 in the West Palm Beach area. The moon was fullest at 5:27 a.m. local time today so it will technically be a waning gibbous moon. Still, illumination will be at 99 percent.

Each month's full moon has a name, some folklore and others due to the season. This full moon is also referred to as the Full Sturgeon Moon in the Northern Hemisphere. The Southern Hemisphere has different names for the full moons. The next three full moon names at the Full Harvest Moon in September, the Full Hunters Moon in October, and the Full Beaver Moon in November. Finally we wrap up 2016 with the Full Cold Moon on December 13. Though here in South Florida it will probably still be pretty warm.

A full moon happens as the moon rotates around Earth, which takes about 28 days, and the Earth is between the sun and the moon. A new moon, where we no illumination of the moon appears, is when the moon is between Earth and the sun.

We should have good weather to enjoy the sight tonight in South Florida. Watch the video forecast above to more details. Send pictures to us via social media,, or on

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