, Exactly When You Should Watch This Week’s ‘Buck Moon’ At Its Biggest, Brightest And Best, The Nzuchi News Forbes

Exactly When You Should Watch This Week’s ‘Buck Moon’ At Its Biggest, Brightest And Best

, Exactly When You Should Watch This Week’s ‘Buck Moon’ At Its Biggest, Brightest And Best, The Nzuchi News Forbes

What are you doing this Friday night? This month celestial mechanics dictate that July’s full Moon will rise in the east for North Americans just as our satellite turns 100% illuminated. 

A stunning and impactful natural event, the sight of a moonrise is hard to beat in summer skies.

Here’s precisely when to watch and wait for the full “Buck Moon” as it appears in dusk just minutes after sunset on Friday, July 23, 2021. 

Wait around for a short time after it rises and you’ll also see Saturn and Jupiter light-up alongside it! 

When is the full ‘Buck Moon?’

The Moon will be officially full at 02:37 Universal Time on Saturday, July 24, 2021. Although it’s a global event, time zones mean that the moment of full Moon will, in North America, be late on Friday, July 23, 2021. 

Seeing the full Moon when it peaks at 100% illumination is not the ball-game if you want to see something beautiful—it’s moonrise. 

However, this month North Americans get to see the both events almost as one. 

When to see the full ‘Buck Moon’ 

July’s full Moon is best seen not when it’s high in the sky, but when it’s peeking up from below the southeastern horizon just after sunset. 

As a rough guide here’s when to see its giant orange orb from three major cities, though you can find out the moonrise times for your location

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  • London: sunset is at 9:03 p.m. and moonrise is at 9:16 p.m. on Friday, July 23, 2021 (the moment of full Moon comes after midnight).
  • New York: sunset is at 8:21 p.m. and moonrise is at 8:33 p.m. on Friday, July 23, 2021 (the moment of full Moon is just over an hour later).
  • Los Angeles: sunset is at 8:01 p.m. and moonrise is at 8:15 p.m. on Friday, July 23, 2021, 2021 (the moment of full Moon is less than two hours prior).

Why is moonrise so important? 

A full moonrise just after sunset is a monthly event. It’s the only time you can see the full Moon in the dusk; look at a near-full Moon rise the evening before or after a full Moon and it won’t be as impactful because our satellite will appear in either a bright sky or a completely dark sky. 

How to see the full ‘Buck Moon’ with Saturn and Jupiter

This month there’s a bonus view; look to the full Moon’s left and you may be able to see Saturn. So take some binoculars along with you—they’ll also be useful for getting a close-up on the orangey full Moon.

, Exactly When You Should Watch This Week’s ‘Buck Moon’ At Its Biggest, Brightest And Best, The Nzuchi News Forbes

As the full Moon begins to turn grey and brightens you’ll see the planet Jupiter appear to the Moon’s lower-left. 

How to get the best view of the full ‘Buck Moon’ 

Arm yourself with the specific moonrise time for your location, though factor-in that you will have to wait an extra 10 minutes or so to actually see the full Moon poke above the southeastern horizon.

Get yourself to a location in advance that has a good clear view of the southeastern horizon; an east-facing ocean view is good and so is a high floor of a building as long as there are no others blocking your view. 

What’s special about July’s ‘Buck Moon?’

Also known as the “Thunder Moon” or “Hay Moon” in North America, and as the “Grain Moon” in the UK, this week’s full “Buck Moon” will hang low in the southern night sky as seen from the northern hemisphere.

It’s actually the second-lowest full Moon of the year. That’s because the Moon orbits Earth on roughly on the same plane as the path the Sun takes through our daytime sky. That imaginary line is called the ecliptic because it makes occasional eclipses inevitable. As seen from northerly latitudes at this time of year it also means that when the Sun is high in the day the Moon will be low in the night. 

The “Buck Moon” is also the second of four full Moons this summer, which has a knock-on effect … 

When is the next full Moon?

The next full Moon is the full “Blue Sturgeon Moon,” which will occur on Sunday, August 22, 2021. 

Defined as the third full Moon in any one season, the “Strawberry Moon” occurring very early in summer—which officially began with solstice on June 21, 2021—means that the “Sturgeon Moon” on August 22, 2021 will officially be a “Blue Moon.”

Wishing you clear skies and wide eyes.

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