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Full Buck supermoon in July 2022: When and where to watch

Darcy Rafter July 11, 2022
Full Buck supermoon in July 2022: When and where to watch
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This Wednesday, July 13, we will look up into the night sky and see the largest and brightest supermoon of 2022.

This is because the moon will arrive at its closest point to the earth in 2022 at a distance of just 221,994 miles, according to a report by Space.com. This beats last month’s Strawberry Moon by 200km, which dominated the midnight sky on June 14.

Let’s take a look at when and where you can witness the incredible Full Buck Moon this week for the best experience possible.

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When to watch the Full Buck supermoon

The Full Buck Supermoon will appear on Wednesday, July 13. Below are the suggested times to view the supermoon, according to Forbes:

  • In New York, the moment of the full moon is at 1.39pm EDT.
  • In Los Angeles, the moment of the full moon is at 10.39am PDT.
  • In London, the moment of the full moon is at 6.39pm BST.

For those in time zones ahead of ET, the optimal viewing time is Thursday morning, July 14. However, no need to rush to see it as NASA revealed the Buck moon will look full for about three days.

Next full moons of 2022

  • August 12
  • September 10
  • October 9
  • November 8
  • December 8

Where does the name Buck moon come from?

According to NASA, July’s full moon is most commonly referred to as the Buck moon. Interestingly, this name has been given because the antlers of male deer, who are known as bucks, are in full growth during this time of year.

However, a Buck moon is also referred to as a Feather Moulting moon, Salmon moon, Berry moon, Thunder moon, Hay moon, Mead moon, and Guru Full moon, according to KSBY.

Where to watch the Full Buck supermoon

Watch the Full Buck supermoon from a clear observing location with no obstructions view low to the eastern horizon. The full moon always rises in the east and sets in the west the next morning.

The moon will hang fairly low all night long before sunrise, the prime time to see it will be at moonrise and moonset. Getting a glimpse of it as it appears on the horizon will allow you to see the full Moon in a less bright form exhibiting orange-yellow colours as opposed to the bright white colour it takes on as it rises higher in the sky.

The supermoon isn’t super for no reason, as it is closer to earth it looks bigger and more vibrant in comparison to other full moons. Because they are bigger than normal full moons they also allow your eyes to have a better chance of spotting the highlands and lowlands.

The other best way to view the Full Buck supermoon is with a telescope, this will give you a clear view of the moon’s craters, mountains, and other details will also be better made visible.

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Darcy is an experienced journalist passionate about celebrity culture and entertainment. After gaining a degree in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University she has also become a social media specialist, always keeping informed on the latest trends. With almost five years of experience in media, her expertise is analysing platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. When she's not tracking the latest trending content, she’s watching films and eating lots of chocolate.