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Full "Buck" Moon Tonight

July 22, 2013 - 06:34 PM
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Check out the full "buck" moon tonight.   It also happens to be the the third supermoon of 2013.

Another full moon cycle and yet another supermoon this year.  The July full moon is commonly referred to as the "Buck moon" or "Hay moon". 

U.S. Naval Observatory

Remember the supermoon in May and June?  You may be wondering, why all the supermoons lately?  Well, they aren't any more common in recent years, but the term 'supermoon' has become more widely used across media platforms and the term is becoming more recognizable.  Astrologer Richard Nolle has defined a supermoon as " … a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit.".   According to Nolle, there is an average of 4 and 6 supermoons per year. 

NASA

The July full moon is referred to as the 'Buck moon'.  The Farmers' Almanac's definition of the July full moon: "July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, for the reason that thunderstorms are most frequent during this time. Another name for this month’s Moon was the Full Hay Moon." 

There will be some clouds overnight, but you should be able to catch a glimpse of the full 'buck' moon tonight across the WJLA/NewsChannel8 viewing area.  Tomorrow morning will feature some great sky sights, too! 

Earth Sky

Happy gazing!

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