In July, the full Moon is called the full Buck Moon! This Moon follows June’s full Strawberry Moon.
Why Is It Called the Buck Moon?
The full Moon names used by The Old Farmer’s Almanac come from a number of places, including Native American, Colonial American, and European sources. Traditionally, each full Moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred, not solely to the full Moon.
The Buck Moon
Traditionally, the full Moon in July is called the Buck Moon because the antlers of male deer (bucks) are in full-growth mode at this time of year. Bucks shed and regrow their antlers each year, producing larger and more impressive sets each time!
Alternative names for this month’s Moon include:
- Thunder Moon (Western Abenaki) because thunderstorms are so frequent during this month.
- Salmon Moon (Tlingit), which signals when fish returned to the area and were ready to be caught.
- Raspberry Moon (Algonquin, Ojibwe), since this is the time when raspberries tend to be fully ripe and ready to eat!
When to See the Full Buck Moon in 2021
The Buck Moon rises in the evening of Friday, July 23. Look for the bright full Moon high above! The Moon will be at its fullest at 10:37 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time on the 23rd. Let’s hope for good weather and clear skies!