Learn about the Full Buck Moon for July—plus, full Moon names, best days by the Moon, and more.
July 2014 Full Moon
On July 12 of 2014, the full Moon will appear bigger and brighter! Why? On this day, the Moon becomes full on the same day as perigee.
You may hear TV and radio reporters calling this a "Supermoon." The scientific term for the phenomenon is "perigee Moon."
"Perigee" is the point at which the Moon is nearest Earth each month so it can appear up to 30% brighter. Click for a quick definition of perigee and apogee.
This effect can be enhanced if you are viewing the Moon near a horizon or through trees and other foreground objects. Read about the "Moon Illusion!"
Full Moon Names
July is the month of the Full Buck Moon. Bucks begin to grow new antlers at this time. This full Moon was also known as the Thunder Moon, because thunderstorms are so frequent during this month.
Moon Phase Dates July 2014
All dates and times are ET. See the Moon Phase Calendar for your city/state.
First Quarter: July 5, 7:59 A.M.
|Full Moon: July 12, 7:25 A.M.|
|Last Quarter: July 18, 10:08 P.M.|
|New Moon: July 26, 6:42 P.M.|
Full Moon Video
Each month, we will explain the traditional names of the full Moon along with some fascinating Moon facts. This month, learn about the Full Buck Moon, why July is such an important month in Moon history, and how scientists measure the distance from Earth to the Moon. Click below to watch video.
Best Days in July 2014
Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon's sign and phase in July.
For Cutting Hay:
- 17, 18
For Setting Eggs:
- 13, 14
- 1–12, 26–31
Moon Facts & Folklore
- The Moon displays two superbly tight conjunctions this month. First, it floats just below zero-magnitude Mars on the 5th, with blue Spica close by on the left. Then, on the 7th, it's very close to Saturn, with the pair highest at nightfall in the south. See our Sky Watch for more highlights of the July night sky!
- On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first person to step foot on the Moon. He also placed the U.S. flag there.
- On July 31, 1999, the ashes of astrogeologist Eugene Shoemaker were deposited on the Moon.
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