Full Buck Moon
When is the Full Moon for July 2020? Learn more about the Full Buck Moon—and why this July Moon is special.
Moon Phases for July 2020
Note that the Moon phase dates/times below are in EDT.
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|Full Moon: July 5, 12:44 A.M. EDT|
|Last Quarter: July 12, 7:29 P.M. EDT|
|New Moon: July 20, 1:33 P.M. EDT|
|First Quarter: July 24, 9:18 P.M.|
When is the next full Moon? See our Full Moon chart.
July Full Moon Names
Traditionally, the Full Moon for July is called the Full Buck Moon because a buck’s antlers are in full growth mode at this time. This full Moon was also known as the Thunder Moon because thunderstorms are so frequent during this month.
The Full Moon Names we use in The Old Farmer’s Almanac come from Native American tribes, Colonial Americans, or other traditional North American names passed down through generations. (Note that each full Moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred.)
Native American tribes who used the full Moons to keep track of the seasons. The Almanac, which started publishing during Colonial times, tends to use the names of the Algonquin people, 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 2020
Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in July.
For Cutting Hay:
- 11, 12
For Setting Eggs:
- 6, 7
- 1–5, 20–31
- 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.
We leave you with a poem by James N. Matthews (1852–1910):
A moon-flooded prairie; a straying
Of leal-hearted lovers; a baying
Of far away watching dogs; a dreaming
Of brown-fisted farmers; a gleaming
Of fireflies eddying nigh, —
And that is July!
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