Learn about the Full Buck Moon for July—plus, full Moon names, best days by the Moon, and more.
For July of 2015, there are actually TWO full Moons. Many folks use the term, "Blue Moon" when this happens. Read more about it in Bob Berman's new sky watch column, "The Anti-Blue Moon."
Full Moon Names
The full Moons have many names that come from Native Americans and Colonial America who used the full Moons as a sort of calendar to keep track of the seasons.
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 2015
All dates and times are ET. See the Moon Phase Calendar for your city/state.
Full Moon: July 1, 10:20 P.M.
|Last Quarter: July 8, 4:24 P.M.|
|New Moon: July 15, 9:24 P.M.|
||First Quarter: July 24, 12:04 A.M.|
||Full Moon: July 31, 6:43 A.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 2015
Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon's sign and phase in July.
For Cutting Hay:
For Setting Eggs:
- 3, 4, 30, 31
- 1, 15–31
- 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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