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Photographer Captures 1st Full Moon of August

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The first of two full moons in August rises over Paris, France in this night sky photo. Astrophotographer VegaStar Carpentier took this photo Aug. 1, 2012 from Paris, France using a Canon EOS 1000D. (Image credit: VegaStar Carpentier)

It was a marvelous night for a full moon as seen in this stunning skywatching image.

This photo was taken by VegaStar Carpentier in the early evening of Aug. 1, 2012 from Paris, France using a Canon EOS 1000D

August will have two full moons  this year. The second full moon will take place on Aug. 31, called a blue moon.  Extra days in a solar year accumulate faster than that of a lunar cycle making an extra full moon every two to three years. It takes a "synodic" month or 29.53 days between one full moon to the next. The full moon occurs when it can fully reflect the light of the sun giving it a beautiful glow.

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Nina Sen

Nina Sen is a freelance writer and producer who covered night sky photography and astronomy for She began writing and producing content for in 2011 with a focus on story and image production, as well as amazing space photos captured by NASA telescopes and other missions. Her work also includes coverage of amazing images by astrophotographers that showcase the night sky's beauty.