July's 'Buck supermoon' will look bigger and brighter than ever next Wednesday
The full moon gallops into the sky on July 13.
The "Buck Moon," the month of July's full moon, will streak over the planet's skies on Wednesday, July 13
The moon will be full and brilliant on Tuesday and Thursday night (July 12 and July 14), as well.
The moon will be at its fullest on Wednesday at around 2:38 p.m. EDT (18:38 UTC). However, the Buck doesn't end there.
Those who often observe the sky may remark that the moon appears especially bigger and brighter than usual.
That's because the full moon will rise as a supermoon for the third consecutive month, which is a full moon
that takes place when the moon is around or at its closest point to Earth, also known as its perigee. The moon reaches perigee this month on July 19 at approximately 5 a.m. EDT
supermoons can appear larger and up to 16 percent brighter in the sky than a typical full moon
The Strawberry Moon in June and the Flower Moon in May, which also included a total lunar eclipse, were the most recent supermoons.
The Farmer's Almanac predicts that the Sturgeon Moon, which peaks on August 11, will be the last supermoon of the year.
Why the strange, flowery moon names? Once more, we consult The Maine Farmer's Almanac, which in the 1930s started listing Native American names for full moons.
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