- Full moon names come from a number of places, including Native American, American Colonial, and European sources.
- The July full moon is also called the “thunder moon” due to frequent thunderstorms in early summer.
- The moon could actually appear red or orange in parts of the United States due to smoke from wildfires in the west.
A full moon “buck” will rise in the southeastern sky after sunset on Friday evening, July 23, and smoke from wildfires burning in the western United States could make it appear red or orange. in parts of the United States. : 37 h ET.
Friday’s full moon will seem especially large to us when it is close to the horizon because of the “moon illusion,” when it looks larger there than when it is high in the sky.
But unlike the past few months, the July full moon will not be a “super moon,” when the moon looks a bit bigger and brighter than usual because it is a bit closer to Earth than usual.
Milwaukee Bucks fans might be disappointed that the “buck” moon doesn’t appear green to celebrate the NBA Teams Championship. But the names of the full moons come from a number of places, including Native American, American colonial and European sources, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.
For millennia, people around the world, including Native Americans in the eastern and central United States, have named the months after nature’s clues.
“The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon,” the almanac said.
“The full moon in July is called the goat’s moon because the antlers of the male deer (goats) are in full growth at that time,” the almanac said. “Males shed and regrow their antlers every year, producing a larger and more impressive set over the years.”
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The July full moon is also called the “thunder moon” because of frequent thunderstorms in early summer, said Gordon Johnston of NASA.
Europe also has specific names for the July Full Moon:
“Europeans called it the hay moon for haymaking in June and July, and sometimes the mead moon (although this name and ‘honeymoon’ were also used for the full moon in June),” said Johnston.