July’s Full Moon | The Full Buck Moon

July’s Full Moon | The Full Buck Moon

July’s Full Moon | The Full Buck Moon

The month of July’s Full Moon is called the Full Buck Moon.  July’s Full Buck Moon got its name because July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur.   It is also often called the Full Thunder Moon, for the reason that thunderstorms are most frequent during this time.   And yet another name for this month’s Moon is the Full Hay Moon because the farmers struggle to put hay into their barns as the storms come across the plains.

For us across the United States, the moon turns astronomically full – or stands most directly opposite the sun – during the daylight hours on July 22. For general reference, we can say the July 22 moon is full all night for us and the rest of the world.

If you’re luck enough to check out the nearly full moon at the stroke of midnight on the east coast of the United States on Sunday night or Monday morning, it will be only 222,758 miles (358,494 kilometers) away — just 934 miles (1,503 kilometers) farther away than the June supermoon, roughly the distance from Atlanta to Boston.

The July 2013 supermoon is a prelude to a Blue Moon.  The July 2013 full moon presents the second full moon after the June solstice.  Normally, there are only three full moons in one season – the period of time between a solstice and an equinox, or vice versa.  However, in 2013, four full moons take place in between the June solstice and the September equinox.

The third of four full moons to fall in one season will occur on August 20-21, 2013, and many will call this particular full moon a Blue Moon.

July’s Buck Moon Phase Dates & Times 2013

All dates and times are PDT.

New Moon: July 8, 12:14 P.M.
First Quarter: July 15, 8:18 P.M.
Full Moon: July 22, 11:16 A.M.
Last Quarter: July 29, 10:43 A.M.


Check out this link for a more in-depth visual of July’s Moon Phases.

To make sure you don’t miss the next full Moon, see our Full Moon Dates and Times chart.


[easyazon-image align=”none” asin=”B004EFYZ1C” locale=”us” height=”30″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/714XVde0uvL._SL30_.png” width=”30″] Moon Phase Pro is a great app we found for keeping track of each month’s full moon.  With it you can:

  • View the moon’s current phase and crescent angle
  • Easily change observer date, time, or location
  • Check moon phases for the entire month on the Calendar page
  • Drill down to more astronomical details on the Data page
  • Get notification 24 hours before new, full, and quarter moons

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July’s Full Moon | The Full Buck Moon


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