This weekend’s full moon is a Buck Moon


Shortly after the 4th of July fireworks light up the night sky, a full moon will illuminate it. More specifically, it will be a Buck Moon, which is expected to visible just after midnight ET.

The first mention of the Buck Moon came in the Maine Farmer’s Almanac in the 1930s. It got its name from the Algonquin tribes, who called the first full moon of the summer the Buck Moon. It was also referred to as the Thunder Moon because of the frequent storms of early summer.

During the Buck Moon, a partial penumbral eclipse will occur as well. This will occur because the moon will be close enough to opposite the Sun that its northern edge will pass through the partial shadow of the Earth.

To the naked eye, there will be no noticeable change for the eclipse but the moon will appear full for three days.