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Full Buck Moon peaks this week

Full Buck Moon peaks this week
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2021 is already an exceptional year for celestial events but there’s more to come!

Every month has a full moon, but only July can lay claim to a moon named after an animal with majestic antlers! It’s called a Buck Moon and later this month, it will illuminate the summer skies!

In a rare cosmic encounter, the Full Moon will swing past the planets Jupiter and Saturn in our view of the night sky and according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the moon will rise after sunset on July 23, reaching peak illumination at 10:37 pm EDT.

July’s Full Moon is most known as the Buck Moon, named so by Native American tribes as it coincides with the time that buck deer start developing new antlers. However, different cultures can have different names for the moon. In the Southern Hemisphere, July's full moon is also known as Wolf Moon, Old Moon, and Ice Moon, to name just a few. It is also known as the Hay Moon, since it also happens to be around the hay crop season, and Thunder Moon due to the frequent summer showers at this time.

The Farmer’s Almanac offers a moonrise calculator to tabulate your direct coordinates in relation to the moon’s rise, but, of course, you can always just look at the sky, as people have been doing for millennia.

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