August: Dusty Moon

Across large parts of South Africa August heralds the arrival of strong north-westerly winds that raise clouds of dust from the bone dry earth. The dust is hurled high into the sky and it rolls across the countryside like a red fog. The Sun is often dimmed and dust coats everything, driven by the relentless wind.

Several of the names given to this time of the year by indigenous groups testify to the unpleasantness of the wind and dust.

The August Dusty Moon only occurs twice during the period 2020 – 2050.

The first Full Moon in August is the Peace Moon.


Dates of Dusty Moon

2023 Aug 31, 03:36

2042 Aug 31, 04:00



Heritage Full Moons in South Africa

MonthFirst Full MoonSecond Full Moon
JanuaryMantis MoonLeopard Moon
FebruaryDassie Moon——
MarchHarvest MoonOchre Moon
AprilDiamond MoonGold Moon
MayFrost MoonFire Moon
JuneSisters MoonHoney Moon
JulyMeerkat MoonProtea Moon
AugustPeace MoonDusty Moon
SeptemberSpring MoonBlue Crane Moon
OctoberWhale MoonElephant Moon
NovemberMilk MoonWool Moon
DecemberSpringbok MoonEland Moon

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