Find the July Moon phases for 2016—plus, best days by the Moon, full Moon names, and more.
Enjoy a special show about the Full Moon of July 2016 below—courtesy of Slooh and their giant telescopes in the Canary Islands. Almanac astronomer Bob Berman and Editor Janice Stillman will share some of the fascinating facts, folklore, and history surrounding this month’s Moon.
Full Moon Show
Click video screen to watch. (This show was recorded the evening of July 19, 2016.)
Moon Phases for July 2016
All dates and times are ET. See the Moon Phase Calendar for YOUR city/state.
New Moon: July 4, 7:01 A.M.
|First Quarter: July 11, 8:52 P.M.|
|Full Moon: July 19, 6:56 P.M.|
|Last Quarter: July 26, 7:00 P.M.|
When is the next full Moon? See our Full Moon chart.
Are you on mobile? Download our Full Moon Finder app for iPhone or Android!
July Full Moon Names
The Full Moons have descriptive names that come from Native Americans and Colonial Americans 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.
July Full Buck 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 the video.
Best Days in July 2016
Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in July.
For Cutting Hay:
For Setting Eggs:
- 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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