The July full moon will be at its peak at 6:57 p.m. on Tuesday evening (July 19).
The full moon of July will appear in the sky tonight and this moon is informally called the “buck moon.”
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While almost all full moons that rise throughout the year look the same, each of them has been given a unique name depending on the month they appear. July full moon is called buck moon because buck deer begin to grow their antlers at this time of year. This month’s full moon will be at its peak 6:57 p.m. EDT on Tuesday evening when the Earth, Moon and Sun will be perfectly aligned and the moon will appear brighter and closer than usual.
The full moon of July will be visible almost everywhere worldwide if the skies are clear. So avid skywatchers will have plenty of opportunities to look and enjoy the sighting of full the buck moon this year.
The July full moon is also called Thunder Moon as thunderstorms will be frequent this month and also Hay Moon as farmers will rush to get their hay inside the barn before the storm hits.
It takes roughly 29.5 days for moon to complete one cycle of phases from new moon to new moon - a process referred as lunation. This is the reason why moon generally appears once in a month. However, when moon rises twice in a month, it is called Blue Moon and it happens rarely.
Moon does not change its shape. It is the change in the positions of the Sun, Earth and moon that makes it look different throughout the month as we see it from Earth.
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The full buck moon of the next year will rise on July 9.