The full moon in July rises this week – and it can appear red in the night sky
The nextis rapidly approaching and soaring brightly in the night sky on Friday, July 23rd. And a reddish-orange hue may appear – , but because of the rampant forest fires spreading in the western United States.
Enormouslyburn over several western states, but winds carry the smoke much farther, drifting over New York and the three-state area and across the region.
The lingering haze means that this month’s full moon could have the same orange glow.
According to the Peasant almanac, full moons traditionally get their names from Native American cultures, and some are also referred to by their colonial American and European names. The full moon in July is known as the “buck moon” – it marks the time of year when the deer’s new antlers grow from their foreheads – named by the Algonquin tribes in what is now the northeastern United States.
The July full moon is also called salmon moon, thunder moon, hay moon, feather mouse moon, berry moon and metmond.
The full moon arrives on Friday evening, July 23, rises after sunset and peaks at 10:37 p.m. ET, according to NASA. Look southeast to see it rise above the horizon.
The moon will appear around the summit for about three days, from about Thursday night to Sunday morning.
The exact times for moonrise and moonset for your location can be found on timeanddate.com.
“As usual, it is recommended that appropriate celestial attire be worn in honor of the full moon,” said NASA’s Gordon Johnston.
Gordan warns that this month, due to the frequent thunderstorms at this time of year, sky watchers should be extra careful if they want to observe the full moon.
“A good rule is that if you hear the thunder, you can be struck by lightning,” he said.
From Friday night to Saturday morning, the full moon moves towards Saturn, with the planet appearing about 8 degrees above the moon in the southwest at dawn. As the weekend progresses, the moon seems to move further and further away.
This summer is packed with heavenly wonders. Saturn will be closest and brightest on August 2nd, while Jupiter will be closest and brightest on August 19th, known as the “opposition”.
With clear conditions and a telescope, the four bright Jupiter moons Ganymede, Callisto, Europa and Io will be visible. Saturn’s rings and its largest moon, Titan, can also be spotted during this time.
During meteor showers, the southern delta aquariids are active from around July 12th to August 23rd and peak on July 30th. But all the more impressiveruns from July 17th to August 24th and peaks on the afternoon of August 12th.