Learn about the Full Moon for July 2017—the Full Buck Moon—plus, see the best days by the Moon, full Moon names, and more.
Moon Phases for July 2017
All dates and times are ET. See the Moon Phase Calendar for YOUR city/state.
Full Moon: July 9, 12:07 A.M.
||Last Quarter: July 16, 3:26 P.M.|
||New Moon: July 23, 5:46 A.M.|
||First Quarter: July 30, 11:23 A.M.|
When is the next full Moon? See our Full Moon chart.
July Full Moon Names
July is the month of the Full Buck Moon. At this time, a buck’s antlers are in full growth mode. This Full Moon was also known as the Thunder Moon because thunderstorms are so frequent during this month.
How did the Full Moons get their names? The Full Moons have descriptive names that come from Native American tribes who used the Full Moons as a sort of calendar to keep track of the seasons. The Almanac tends to use the names of the Algonquins who were prominent along the Atlantic Coast and into the interior along the St. Lawrence River and around the Great Lakes.
July’s Full Buck Moon Video
In this video, we explain the traditional names of the Full Moon along with some fascinating Moon facts. 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 2017
Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in July.
For Cutting Hay:
- 15, 16
For Setting Eggs:
- 9, 10
- 1–9, 23–31
- 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.
Full Moon Show
Learn more about the Full Moon of July from last year’s Slooh telescope show. Almanac astronomer Bob Berman and Editor Janice Stillman will share some of the fascinating facts, folklore, and history surrounding July’s Full Buck Moon.
Click video screen to watch. (This show was recorded the evening of July 19, 2016.)
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