The supermoon appearing on July 13 will be the biggest and is also known as the Buck Moon. The Moon will rise on July 13, Wednesday. The Buck supermoon will be visible at 12:07 am (IST) on the night of July 13.
The last supermoon was seen on June 14 this year, known as the Strawberry moon. At that time, Moon was 3,63,300kms from Earth. July’s Buck Moon comes after the Strawberry moon.
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Why is July’s full moon known as the Buck Moon?
July’s Buck Moon has been derived from native Americans who first published its name in the Maine Farmer’s Almanac in the 1930s. The full moon is given the name Buck Moon due to the antlers that emerge from a buck’s forehead around this time of the year.
The Buck Moon is also known as the Thunder Moon because of early summer’s frequent thunderstorms. It is also known as the Mead Moon and Hay Moon. Europeans recognise this month’s full moon as the latter one because haymaking takes place in June and June, Nasa noted.
What makes July’s Buck Moon a supermoon?
Buck Moon is a supermoon because it will be closest to the Earth. It will appear bigger and brighter than an average full moon. The orbit will reach a perigee (point nearest to planet Earth) of 221,994, miles away according to Space.com. It is going to be 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter.
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The next supermoon will appear on August 11, Thursday, 2022. The August supermoon will be the last supermoon of 2022. It is known as the Sturgeon Moon. It is named after a fish sturgeon, which was caught during that time of the year in the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain.