Watch the July full 'buck' moon illuminate the sky tonight


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What is a full buck moon?

The Farmer's Almanac, which publishes these informal names, calls the full moon on July 23 the full buck moon. This is due to deer sprouting antlers at this time of year. But other traditions refer to it as the thunder moon for July's frequent thunderstorms. Cincinnati.comFriday's full 'buck moon' could look a little unusual 🌕

Why is the moon orange right now?

"This happens because the Moon's light travels a longer distance through the atmosphere. As it travels a longer path, more of the shorter, bluer wavelengths of light are scattered away, leaving more of the longer, redder wavelengths. (Dust or pollution can also deepen the reddish colour.)" WalesOnlineThe Moon is 'glowing' orange in the sky and everyone is asking the same thing

What is a Thunder Moon?

July's full moon is also called the "thunder moon" because of early summer's frequent thunderstorms. The moon could actually appear red or orange in parts of the U.S. due to smoke from the western wildfires. USA TODAYFriday's full 'buck' moon may look red or orange due to wildfire smoke

July's full Buck moon rises this week — and it may appear red in the night sky

CBS News 23 July, 2021 - 08:10am

The next full moon is fast approaching, rising bright in the night sky on Friday, July 23. And it may appear a reddish-orange hue — not because of an eclipse, but because of the rampant wildfires spreading across the Western U.S.

Enormous wildfires are burning across several Western states, but winds are carrying the smoke much further, drifting across New York and the tri-state area and creating colorful sunrises and moonrises across the region. 

The ongoing haze means this month's full moon could have that same orange glow. 

According to the Farmer's Almanac, full moons get their names traditionally from Native American cultures, and some are also referred to by their Colonial American and European names as well. July's full moon is known as the "buck moon" — marking the time of year when the new antlers of buck deer grow out of their foreheads — named by the Algonquin tribes in what is now the northeastern U.S. 

The July full moon has also been called the salmon moon, thunder moon, hay moon, feather molting moon, berry moon and mead moon. 

The full moon arrives on Friday night, July 23, rising after sunset and reaching peak illumination at 10:37 p.m. ET, according to NASA. Look toward the southeast to watch it rise over the horizon. 

The moon will appear for about three days surrounding the peak, from about Thursday night to Sunday morning. 

You can find the exact moonrise and moonset times for your location from  

"As usual, the wearing of suitably celebratory celestial attire is encouraged in honor of the full Moon," NASA's Gordon Johnston says. 

Gordan warns that skywatchers should take particular caution when looking to spot the full moon this month, due to the frequent thunderstorms this time of year. 

"A good rule to follow is, if you can hear the thunder, you can be struck by the lightning," he said. 

From Friday night into Saturday morning, the full moon will move toward Saturn, with the planet appearing about 8 degrees above the moon in the southwest by morning twilight. Throughout the weekend, the moon will appear to shift further and further away. 

This summer is jam-packed with celestial wonders. Saturn will be at its closest and brightest on August 2, while Jupiter will be at its closest and brightest on August 19, known as "opposition." 

With clear conditions and a telescope, Jupiter's four bright moons, Ganymede, Callisto, Europa, and Io will be visible. Saturn's rings, and its largest moon, Titan, can also be spotted during this time. 

For meteor showers, the Southern Delta-Aquariids are active from around July 12 to August 23, peaking on July 30. But the much more impressive Perseid meteor shower runs from July 17 to August 24, peaking on the afternoon of August 12. 

Sophie Lewis is a social media producer and trending writer for CBS News, focusing on space and climate change.

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Full moon in July 2021 will be a buck moon, and it might look orange 23 July, 2021 - 08:10am

Our long string of supermoons is coming to an end, but the night sky will still be lighting up this weekend as the full July “buck moon” arrives. And some experts say the moon might give off a reddish-orange glow if smoke from the western wildfires continues to drift across the sky.

Here are a few things to know about the July full moon, when to see it and where the nickname originated.

The second full moon of the summer season will officially reach its fullest phase at 10:36 p.m. on Friday, July 23, but it will also look 100% full Saturday night, July 24, and 97% full Sunday night, July 25.

The moon will start rising in the east-southeastern sky over Newark at 8:33 p.m. Friday, 9:17 p.m. on Saturday and 9:52 p.m. p.m Sunday, according to

For the moon-rise time in your city or town, check this schedule.

The July moon was tinted pink shortly after sunset, as seen in Little Egg Harbor Township in Ocean County, New Jersey, on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.Lori M. Nichols | NJ Advance Media for

On Tuesday night, the moon was 83% full but it gave off a reddish-orange tint in some areas of New Jersey and New York — and some saw a pinkish color — thanks to smoke and tiny particles that drifted in the upper atmosphere from massive wildfires in the western U.S. and Canada all the way to the eastern U.S.

Weather forecasters believe most of the smoke will be pushed away from the Garden State region by Friday, but it’s possible some smoke could linger. So some say there is a chance Friday night’s full moon could look more red or orange than white.

The July full moon, commonly known as the "buck moon," will be glowing in the night sky this weekend.Neal Herbert | National Park Service

The Native American Algonquin tribes in what is now the eastern region of the United States nicknamed this full moon the “buck moon,” according to NASA and the Old Farmer’s Almanac, because this time of year is when the new antlers of male deer — bucks — are in their full growth phase.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac and its rival publication, the Farmers’ Almanac, say the July moon is also called the “thunder moon,” because of the frequency of thunderstorms that hit during this hot month. It has also been called the “hay moon.”

Other Native American tribes nicknamed this moon the following, translated directly into English.

The full July "buck moon" will be shining this weekend. Pictured here is a full moon rising over Brigantine, as seen from Atlantic City, in November 2018.Lori M. Nichols | NJ Advance Media for

After the July full moon finishes its lunar cycle, the next full moon will be glowing in the sky on Sunday, Aug. 22.

The August full moon will be considered a seasonal blue moon — which is the third of four full moons appearing during the same season. In this case, it will be the third full moon of summer, with the fourth one coming on Sept. 20.

Autumn officially arrives in the northern hemisphere this year on Sept. 22.

The August full moon is commonly known as the full “sturgeon moon,” as Native American tribes had learned that the sturgeon fish found in the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain was easiest to catch at this time.

Don’t forget to look for the Perseids — known as one of the best meteor showers of the year. This shower started with sporadic shooting stars on July 17 but it won’t peak until the second week of August, according to the American Meteor Society.

The best view of the Perseids should come on the night of Aug. 11 into the early morning hours of Aug. 12, when the moon will be only 13% full. The American Meteor Society says people in dark rural areas, away from the glow of city lights, usually could see as many as 60 to 75 meteors per hour during the peak period.

This Full Moon in Aquarius Is Especially Rare

Cosmopolitan 23 July, 2021 - 08:10am

Pay close attention to what happens tonight.

Want to read something wild? There’s going to be not one, but two Full Moons in Aquarius this year. What a rare occurrence! The first of these two Full Moons happens on July 23 at 10:37pm Eastern Time, and the second will be on August 22 at 8:02AM Eastern Time.

Let's talk numbers for a minute. All 12 signs of the zodiac make up a 360-degree circle, which means that each zodiac sign includes 30 degrees. This first Full Moon occurs at 1 degree, and the second one occurs at 29 degrees—making the second Full Moon quite pivotal.

During this Full Moon, we will all feel called to transform ourselves, and we'll be thinking about our identity and how our character leaves a lasting footprint. Be sure to yourself, “Am I being my truest and authentic self?” The work you do behind the scenes will translate to the opportunities that will be available to you during the New Moon in Leo on August 8. This is a time for character definition: Adjust yourself accordingly.

Recognize yourself as the Magician. In tarot, the Magician is capable of all that they set their mind towards. Even if you can't believe it, know that you possess all the elements you need to actualize your desire. When you feel the emotional pull to make a difference within your community, run towards it. Your ability to show belief will bless you during this time. Your feats will not be easily achieved, so be resilient.

Never forget where you came from, Taurus. You may not have always had all that you needed to satisfy you. It's not uncommon for some needs to be left unmet, even if our lives are otherwise happy. Take stock in what your family was able to offer you—yes, this includes your chosen family. Let the love and pride that you have in your heritage and home emotionally charge you towards your future. You’re a star, even if you can’t see how brightly you shine yet.

By now, you know what you are capable of. You are strong in your ability to hold yourself together, you know your truth, and you are capable of achieving your desires. Never lose sight of your gifts—your inquisitive nature is a super power. Ask questions that the people around you might overlook, research the answers, and you will discover that you bring new ideas and perspectives to any room you walk into. Do not let “no” be what discourages you from succeeding. Stop, regroup, and be willing to change directions.

Are you open to sharing your wealth with others, Cancer? Step outside of recognizing value as the number in your bank account, and redirect the meaning towards the wealth that you have to offer. You have plenty of resources in your life, however, it is important to recognize how what you have to offer can be invaluable to others. You may hesitate to share, so work to get past that. Blessings will multiply when you approach life from a giver’s perspective.

You are being called to be your truest self, Leo! What a wonderful time to be alive. You will find that the universe brings blessings to you when you’re willing to be genuine. Allow yourself to connect with your close friends, establish a deeper sense of community, and watch as partnerships naturally develop. You’ll find that two heads think better than one. You do not have to live on a lonely island.

As summer progresses, so does your day-to-day life. You will notice that things begin to pick up for you. You may feel more obligated to show up for others. Keep in mind that “no” is a complete sentence; you will experience the most growth when you’re intentional in choosing your commitment. You cannot give yourself to everyone, so be thoughtful about what you decide to dedicate yourself to. Messages in your dreams will give you clues about what you will and won’t handle.

Seek inspiration from your social surroundings, Libra. As the peacemaker, you’re no stranger to picking up on the energies of others. You have no issues being in tune with your environment, recognizing patterns, and even assessing people’s awareness. Take your reflections and let them fuel your creative projects. You may not be emotionally expressive, but you don’t need to be. Innovate, invent, and watch as you feel relief.

The work that you do at home will only be to your benefit, seriously. This same message has been repeated to you, Scorpio. Repetition can be frustrating, especially because very few of us enjoy repeating the same lessons over and over again. Trust that the stars are on your side. Have faith in the process and recognize that quick fixes rarely bring long-term success. You’re on the path for significant change—keep at it!

Watch what you say out your mouth. The Full Moon is warning you to be mindful of the words you say. Yes, you are a seeker of truth and have no issues researching and thinking through information, and you come to fairly accurate conclusions. But it’s important to recognize when people aren’t ready for the lessons you want to share. Are you educating out of ego, or are you enlightening from a place of compassion?

It looks like you could be susceptible to emotional spending during this Full Moon. Be careful not to spend all your money in one place. No judgements regarding your coping mechanisms—so long as they are healthy, then trust that you know what you’re doing. On that note, do you have the money to spend, or could it be better spent elsewhere? Do not let your emotions take the wheel; your friends might have good intentions, but they could push you off the edge during this time.

You are feeling especially emotional during this Full Moon, Aquarius. You may not easily recognize your emotions, and in fact, it can feel a lot like you're being blocked from them. Try not to project your unprocessed feelings onto others. It's okay to take your time and pause before communicating with others. Ask questions and show a willingness to step outside of your perspective, and those who care about you will help you understand your feelings.

What a great time for meditation, spiritual work, and writing. You are going to feel a call to be creative, especially because your daily life may not provide space for direct communication. Take your thoughts and figure out which colors are associated with them. Take those colors and draw, sketch, or paint. The distortion of your emotions will make it easier to find the words to communicate the feelings of your subconscious. Let your body move with faith.

3 Zodiac Signs Whose Friendships Change After The Full Moon In Aquarius Starting July 23, 2021

YourTango 23 July, 2021 - 08:10am

Zodiac signs whose relationships will change on July 23rd will find the Full Moon in Aquarius worked magic in their life. 

There's something special about every Full Moon, but this one - the Full Moon in Aquarius, is going to wake us up in a different way.

Aquarius is an offbeat sign, and is often times associated with independence, originality, eccentricity and everything else that's off the beaten path.

With this lunar phase and Full Moon energy, we may come to see a few changes, most especially when it comes to friendships and how we perceive them.

While the Moon invigorates our sense of analytical thinking, we may come to notice certain traits in friends that may not be our particular cup of tea.

We may find ourselves saying things like, "You know, I always thought so-and-so was strange..."

This Full Buck Moon may make us judgmental, even crass.

Don't be surprised if you find yourself blurting, or speaking inappropriately at the very worst moment. Love relationships may suffer from over-analysis, but it's in our friendships that we'll come to know what needs real change and what gets to stay 'as is.' 

Here are the Zodiac signs that will witness their friendships change during the Full Moon in Aquarius.

What you are is unforgiving. You like to think of this as self-protection; a way to filter out the people in your life who you deem as unworthy of your love and friendship.

You end friendships without giving the other person a chance - once you've made up your mind, it's a unilateral decision: "Bye old friend, I do not want you anymore." This Full Moon in Aquarius is about to shine a light on one of the friends in your life, one that you don't know if you can trust.

You will consider keeping them around, but that won't do; you're not into second chances. You are a beautiful friend, until you become a harsh and steely enemy - there is no in-between.

During the Full Moon, you will make up your mind once again: Get rid of that friend, make them disappear, send them to the cornfields. You won't be liked or approved of for being so cold, but you know what you want and what you don't want in this life.

Full Moon energy always revs your motor up, and tonight's lunation will have you taking a fresh look at one of your relationships.

There's been someone in your life whom you have a romantic interest in; right now, they are simply a friend. But you want more.

You aren't sure you want 'much' more, as in a full-on relationship, but you do want to see if the friendship can withstand the sex test.

Can you adopt a friend with benefits situation? You certainly can, and you certainly want to. You're not looking for a life partner, but you like this friend very much and you are curious about them in a sexual way.

Will you make the move? Yes, Scorpio, you will. During this Full Moon, you will come to a decision that will alter the fate of this particular friendship. Now, all they have to do is say, "yes." Will the Full Moon inspire the same feelings in them? Quite possibly!

If there was ever a time where you feel your full eccentric nature, it's tonight, during the Full Moon in your sign, Aquarius. Here's what might and a friend will stumble upon This kind of fun, however, is very specific - it could be a kink, or something having to do with role playing.

Whatever it is, it's somewhat subversive and it really ties the two of you together. What's even more fun about this is that the two of you didn't know the other one was into 'this very specific thing' and that realization is what's going to hit during the lunation. I

t's like finding a soul mate in a friend; one day you thought they were cool, and the next day you realize that they're so much more than just 'cool'. This is the beginning of a love story between friends. Don't second guess it - it's real.




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