July 2023 Full Moon: Just as the Fourth of July approaches, skywatchers will also get a gift from the galaxy. Recently, NASA announced that the first supermoon of 2023 will be visible in the sky on Monday, July 3, 2023. A supermoon appears slightly larger and brighter than a normal full moon.
This will be known as the start season of four supermoons, which are full moons that occur when the moon is at its closest to Earth in its orbit. According to NASA “The Moon will appear full for 3 days at this time, from Saturday night to Tuesday night.”
This will be quite a surprising event as it coincides with the peak of the 4th of July celebrations. This means the sky will be filled with fireworks and other bright lights, creating a truly spectacular sight.
NASA claims that “The term “supermoon” was coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979 as a new or full Moon that occurs when the Moon is within 90% of perigee, its closest approach to Earth.”
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What is Buck Moon or full moon in July 2023?
The July supermoon is known as the Buck Moon. According to NASA, the name “Buck Moon” comes from the Maine Farmers’ Almanac. He started naming full moons in the 1930s, which became quite popular. This name comes from the fact that this is the time of year when male deer (buck) begin to grow new antlers.
NASA has mentioned that “The next full Moon will be on Monday morning, July 3, 2023 and will appear in front of the Sun at Earth’s longitude at 7:39 a.m. EDT. This will be late Sunday night in the time zone west of the international date line and early Tuesday morning from the Chatham Island time zone eastward to the international date line. .
The Buck Moon is also known as the Thunder Moon and this name comes from the Algonquin tribes who lived in the northeastern United States. This is because in early summer there are usually thunderstorms.
Buck Moon has different names in different regions. To Indians, it is known as the Full Guru Moon (Guru Purnima), which is a time to cleanse the mind and honor spiritual teachers.
To Europeans, it is known as Hay Moon or Rose Moon. Space.com mentions, “Eclipse expert and retired NASA astrophysicist Fred Espanak told Space.com that during July’s Buck Moon, the Moon will be just 224,895 miles (361,934 kilometers) from Earth compared to its average distance of about 238,000.” miles (382,900 km)”.
The best time to see the July supermoon will be when the moon rises or sets. This is when the moon will appear largest in the sky. Moonrise and moonset times for your location can be found using a stargazing app or website.
If there are clear skies, people should be able to see the supermoon with the naked eye. However, binoculars or a telescope will allow you to see better.
To conclude, the July 2023 supermoon is a truly special event that is sure to surprise and delight skywatchers around the world. Since the peak of July 4 celebrations coincides with this astronomical event, it will be a night to remember.