Learn about the Full Moon for July 2018—the Full Buck Moon—and see the best days by the Moon, full Moon names, and more. Plus, this year brings a total lunar eclipse.
The Moon phases for July, 2018 are listed below. On the Full Moon (July 27), there will be a total lunar eclipse. However, this eclipse won’t be visible from the U.S. or Canada. See our eclipse page.
For sky watch buffs, it may be interesting to know that this is the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century. From start to finish, the event will last four hours, with the total phase lasting 1 hour and 43 minutes. You’ll likely be able to catch the lunar eclipse on webcasts by astronomy sites, such as Slooh, if you’re interested.
You’ll hear some media outlets call this event the “Blood Moon” Eclipse. This is an increasingly popular name used for a total lunar eclipse, though not an official, scientific term. Put simply, the fully-eclipsed Moon turns a red or ruddy-brown color, giving it a “bloody” hue. There is no other reason. Think of this phenomenon as you would a sunset: there is less direct sunlight hitting the Moon during the eclipse, so you only see the reddish wave lengths.
Moon Phases for July 2018
All dates and times are ET. See the Moon Phase Calendar for YOUR city/state.
Last Quarter: July 6, 3:51 A.M.
|New Moon: July 12, 10:48 P.M.|
||First Quarter: July 19, 3:52 P.M.|
||Full Moon: July 27, 4:20 P.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.
Here are a few other Native American names for the July full Moon (translated literally into English):
- “Ripe Corn Moon” –Cherokee
- “Middle of Summer Moon” –Ponca
- “Moon When Limbs of Trees Are Broken by Fruit” –Zuni
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 2018
Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in July.
For Cutting Hay:
- 5, 6
For Setting Eggs:
- 26, 27
- 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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