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July Supermoon: When and how to see the Buck Moon


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The first four Supermoons will rise in 2023July’s moon show will appear to be brighter in the night sky than any other full moon event this year.

The full moon will rise on Monday, July 3, and reach peak illumination just below the horizon at 7:39 a.m. ET, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. Local weather conditions permitting, you can view the celestial event by looking to the southeast after sunset.

“A supermoon is when the moon appears a little larger in our sky,” said Dr. Shannon Schmoll, director of the Abrams Planetarium at Michigan State University. “As the Moon goes around the Earth, it never makes a perfect circle. Therefore, there are points in its orbit where it is a little closer or a little farther from the Earth.”

Schmoll explained that when an orb reaches a full moon phase at the point in its path where it is closest to Earth, it appears to be a bit larger and a supermoon occurs. While the size difference between a supermoon and a typical moon may not be immediately apparent to the naked eye, Old Farmer’s Almanac He says the first moon of summer will be brighter and 224,895.4 miles (361,934 kilometers) from Earth.

This month’s full moon is also known as the Pak moon. July is usually when male deer’s antlers grow through an annual cycle of shedding and regrowth, according to the almanac.

There are many other names for the buck moon that come from the Native American peoples, according to Western Washington University. Names such as the Hot Moon refer to summer weather while terms such as the Raspberry Moon and the Ripe Corn Moon indicate the best times to harvest fruits and other crops.

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July’s buck moon is one of four supermoons that will rise in 2023. The full moon will appear about 7% larger, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Full moon and super moons

While most years have 12 full moons, in 2023 there will be 13 of these lunar events. There will be two supermoons in August, one of which is the blue moon, which will be the closest moon to Earth this year, according to the old farmer’s almanac. The fourth and final supermoon of 2023 will rise on September 29.

Here are the remaining full moons in 2023, according to farm calendar:

● August 1: Sturgeon Moon

● August 30: Blue Moon

● September 29: Harvest Moon

● October 28: Hunter’s Moon

● November 27: Beaver Moon

● December 26: Cold Moon

Lunar and solar eclipses

People across North, Central and South America will be able to see the Annular solar eclipse On the 14th of October. During a solar eclipse, the Moon will pass between the Sun and Earth at or near its furthest point from Earth. The moon will appear smaller than the sun and will be surrounded by a glowing aura.

To avoid damage to the eyes, viewers must wear eclipse glasses.

A partial lunar eclipse will occur on October 28. Only part of the Moon will pass into the shadow because the Sun, Earth and Moon will not be perfectly aligned. This partial eclipse will be visible in Europe, Asia, Australia, parts of North America, and most of southern Africa.

Each of the nine remaining meteor showers expected to peak this year will be most visible from late evening until dawn in areas with no light pollution. here Dates of peak events:

● Southern Delta Basins: July 30-31

● Alpha Capricornids: July 30-31

● Perseids: August 12-13

● Orionids: October 20-21

● South Torres: November 4-5

● North Torres: November 11-12

● Leonids: November 17-18

Gemini: December 13-14

● Ursids: December 21-22



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