July’s Full Buck Moon
Even though this month’s Moon turns 100% full on July 5th (at 12:44 a.m. in the Eastern Time Zone), it will be full and bright in the sky on the 4th! Watch it rise in the east after sunset on the 4th, Independence Day—here’s hoping for clear skies where you are!
As summer peaks, the velvety antlers of male deer which first begin to sprout in early spring finish growing, forming pointed tips and hardening into their final glory. The sight of their magnificent racks against the summer sky led to the name, Full Buck Moon.
For farmers, high summer’s the time to cut and cure hay to put away for winter feed. So July’s full moon is also known as the Full Hay Moon.
July is also the month when thunderstorms are most frequent, so this month’s full moon is sometimes called the Full Thunder Moon.
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