Here are a few things you should know about it Full moon in Julywhen to see it and why it is so unique among this year’s moons.
What day will the July moon be full?
That first full moon of the summer season (The June moon became a week before the full moon Summer solstice) will officially enter full phase on Wednesday, July 13 at 2:37 p.m. ET largest and brightest when it rises above the horizon on Wednesday evening.
If this is not a good viewing option for you, keep in mind that the moon will look Tuesday night 98% booked12th July and have 99% lighting on Thursday 14th July.
The July Supermoon will rise in the southeast sky over Newark and New York City at 9 p.m. Wednesday and set around 6:10 a.m. Thursday TimeAndDate.com. The nearly full moon rises again at 9:48 p.m. on Thursday and sets at 7:32 a.m. on Friday.
For the moonrise and moonset times in your city or town, Check this schedule.
Astronomy enthusiasts think of a supermoon as a moon that becomes full when full elliptical orbit is closer to Earth than an average full moon. This can make it appear slightly larger and up to 30% brighter than usual – especially when it starts to rise above the horizon or when atmospheric conditions are ideal.
Many astronomy fans including those at Sky & Telescope Magazinebelieve a supermoon is a full moon less than 223,000 miles from Earth at the closest point in its orbit known as perigee. TimeAndDate.comwho writes extensively about large celestial events, uses 223,694 miles (that’s 360,000 kilometers) as a benchmark for supermoons.
Because different experts use different distances, some classify more moons as supermoons and others classify less. In 2022, more experts seem to agree Full moon in July will be the second of only two supermoons this year (June was the other).
But some considered the full moon in May a supermoon, and some place the August moon in the same classification, bringing the annual total to four.
Regardless of the number, based on its distance from Earth at the time of its full moon time, the moon will be the closest of the year on July 13 – 222,089 miles away – making it the largest and brightest full moon of 2022.
The Native American Algonquin tribes of what is now the eastern region of the United States nicknamed this full moon the “buck moon” because at this time of year the new antlers of male deer — bucks — are in their full growth phase, according to NASA and the Old Farmer’s Almanac.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac and its rival publication, the Farmers’ Almanac, say that the moon of July is also called the “thunder moon” because of the frequency of thunderstorms that occur during this hot summer month. It is also called “Heumond”.
Other Native American tribes gave this moon the following nickname, directly translated into English:
- “Ripe Corn Moon” – Cherokee tribe
- “Midsummer moon” – Ponca tribe
- “Moon when the branches of the trees are broken by fruit” – Zuni tribe
After the July full moon completes its lunar cycle, the next full moon will shine in the sky on Thursday, August. 11. The so-called “Störmond” officially fills up at 9:35 p.m. that day
Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the Perseids – known as one of the best meteor showers of the year. This shower will begin on July 14 with sporadic shooting stars, but is not expected to peak until the second week of August, according to reports American Meteor Society.
The Perseids of this summer are expected most active on the night of 11/8 until the early hours of 12/8. However, timing will be poor for sky watchers as the moon will be 100% full.
The American Meteor Society says that people in dark rural areas, away from the glare of city lights, can typically see up to 60 to 75 meteors an hour during the peak period. But the brightness of the full moon this August will likely reduce the visibility of shooting stars, especially the faint ones.
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Len Melisurgo can be reached at LMelisurgo@njadvancemedia.com.