Here are highlights of the July 2013 Moon! The Almanac's monthly Moon guide keeps you informed about full Moon names, Moon phase dates, and Best Days by the Moon.
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 2013
All dates and times are ET. See the Moon Phase Calendar for your city/state.
New Moon: July 8, 3:14 P.M.
|First Quarter: July 15, 11:18 P.M.|
|Full Moon: July 22, 2:16 A.M.|
|Last Quarter: July 29, 1:43 P.M.|
For your next full Moon, see our Full Moon Dates chart.
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 2013
Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon's sign and phase in July.
For Cutting Hay:
- 1, 27, 28
For Setting Eggs:
- 23, 24
Moon Facts & Folklore 2013
- The quarter Moon sits next to Virgo's blue star Spica on the 15th and dangles just below brilliant Saturn in the southwestern sky on the 16th.
- 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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