Buck Moon: Year’s biggest, brightest supermoon to shine this week

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From early Tuesday morning to early Friday morning, the moon will appear full, according to NASA.

However, how much of it can be seen will ultimately depend on the local weather

Environment Canada predicts generally cloudless nights for the plains and mostly clear nights for British Columbia. 

The prediction calls for either some clouds or rain and overcast intervals from Ontario to the Atlantic Ocean.

When the moon is full and its orbit is also near to Earth, a supermoon occurs.

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Although the moon's orbit around Earth appears to be circular, it is not. It is elliptical, and the perigee, or closest point to Earth, is located at a distance of roughly 363,300 kilometres.

The moon will appear larger and brighter than usual while it is at or near its perigee. For what it's worth, the apogee, or farthest point, is roughly 405,000 miles away.

According to some astronomical sources, at a distance of 357,418 miles from Earth, this supermoon will be the brightest of the year.

Due to the fact that July is a name-rich month, some of the full moon's nicknames include Buck Moon, Thunder Moon, Hay Moon, and Salmon Moon.

A supermoon occurred on June 14 of last month. Because it occurred during strawberry season, it was known as the Strawberry Moon.

The Buck Moon is so named, according to The Farmer's Almanac, "because the male deer (bucks) are in full antler growth mode at this time."

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