During the afternoon hours of July 13, the moon will move to its closest point in relation to the Earth in 2022, creating the biggest & brightest supermoon of the year.
The supermoon, otherwise known as the Buck Moon, will peak at 1:38 pm (Central Daylight Time). Catch the best view of it rising from the horizon by looking southeast after sunset.
A supermoon is a celestial event that describes the moon at its closest proximity to the Earth on its orbit (or reaches “perigee”). As a result, the moon appears to be bigger and brighter than usual. This specific supermoon will be the biggest and brightest of the year because it will be the nearest moon to the Earth out of any occurring moons this year. According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac at its closest point, the Full Buck Supermoon will only be 222,089.3 miles from the Earth, surpassing last month’s Strawberry Moon by ~124 miles.
And though a naked eye might not be able to tell, the supermoon will be 7% larger than a regular full moon, reports The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Moreover, the July moon’s moniker is derived from the antlers of male deers (bucks) growing to their fullest around this time of year before being shed.
Though the supermoon will peak on Wednesday, the moon will appear full from Tuesday to Thursday (July 12- 14). The next full Buck Moon won’t occur for another year until July 3, 2023.
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