July’s male moon could light up the sky in a particularly big way

The male moon will appear full Tuesday morning through early Friday, according to NASA. It will peak Wednesday at 2:48 p.m. ET, but won’t be fully visible in North America until moonrise. To those who catch sight of it, it may appear larger and brighter than the other moons of 2022 because it is a supermoon.
Although there is no single definition of a “supermoon”, the term generally refers to a full moon which may stand out more than others because it is within 90% of its closest orbit. of the earth. The male moon is the closest supermoon to Earth this year, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

The clearest views of the July full moon in the United States will be on the West Coast, the Great Plains and the Midwest, said CNN meteorologist Jennifer Gray. A cold front will move across the southeastern United States on July 12-13, potentially bringing thunderstorms and rain to the region. Parts of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado are also expecting thunderstorms early this week, she added.

“Unlike some astronomical events, there’s no (situation where) you have to look at it immediately or you’ll miss it,” said Noah Petro, head of NASA’s Planetary Geology, Geophysics and Geochemistry Laboratory. . “There’s really no time you have to watch it to maximize your full moon enjoyment. If it’s cloudy and you don’t want to be outside, just go one of the following nights.”

For the clearest views of the moon, Petro recommended avoiding areas surrounded by tall buildings and thick forest. The Old Farmer’s Almanac Calculator can help you find out what time the moon rises and sets at your location.

This full moon is more commonly known as the buck moon because male, or buck, deer fully sprout their antlers in July, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Male antlers shed and regrow each year, becoming larger as the animals age.

The July full moon has been known by other names.

The Tlingit call it the salmon moon, as the fish often returned to the Pacific Northwest coast at this time and were ready to be harvested. For the Abenakis of the West, it is the thunder moon, in reference to the frequent thunderstorms at this time of year.

In Europe, the July moon is often called the hay moon for the haymaking season in June and July, according to NASA.

The full moon in July corresponds to the Hindu, Buddhist and Jain festival Guru Purnima, a celebration to clear the mind and honor spiritual and academic gurus.

For Petro and other space enthusiasts, this moon is called the moon of Apollo 11. Apollo 11 was the first mission to send humans to the lunar surface. The mission was launched on July 16, 1969 and landed on the moon on July 20, 1969.

There will be five more full moons in 2022, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac:

• August 11: Sturgeon Moon

• September 10: Harvest Moon

• October 9: Hunter’s Moon

• November 8: Beaver Moon

• December 7: Cold Moon

These are the popularized names associated with the monthly full moons, but the meaning of each may vary among Native American tribes.

Lunar and solar eclipses

There will be another total lunar eclipse and partial solar eclipse in 2022, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Partial solar eclipses occur when the moon passes in front of the sun but blocks only part of its light. Be sure to wear appropriate eclipse glasses to view solar eclipses safely, as sunlight can damage the eyes.

A partial solar eclipse on October 25 will be visible to those in Greenland, Iceland, Europe, northeast Africa, the Middle East, western Asia, India, and western China. This partial solar eclipse will not be visible from North America.

A total lunar eclipse will also be on display for those in Asia, Australia, the Pacific, South America and North America on November 8 between 3:01 a.m. ET and 8:58 a.m. ET, but the moon will set for those in the east. parts of North America at that time.

meteor showers

Check out the remaining meteor showers that will peak in 2022:

• Southern Delta Aquariids: July 29-30

• Alpha Capricornides: July 30 to 31

• Perseids: from August 11 to 12

• Orionids: from October 20 to 21

• Southern Taurids: November 4-5

• Northern Taurids: November 11-12

• Leonids: from 17 to 18 November

• Geminids: from December 13 to 14

• Ursids: from December 21 to 22

If you live in an urban area, you might want to drive to a place that isn’t littered with city lights to get the best view.

Find an open area with a wide view of the sky. Make sure you have a chair or blanket so you can look up. And give your eyes about 20-30 minutes – without looking at your phone or other electronics – to adjust to the darkness so the meteors are easier to spot.

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