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Full Buck Moon Update – 12 July, 2014, 4:25 AM PDT

July 11, 2014

Here’s another update from SMBAS Blog on that large, disc-like, shining object which has frequently and mysteriously appeared in our nighttime sky this year (known to many as the moon).

Montage of moon in eclipse (Sebastien Gauthier 5/14/14; NASA website)

Montage of moon in eclipse (Sebastien Gauthier 5/14/14; NASA website)

July 12, 4:25 a.m. PDT — Full Buck Moon.   This is the season when the new antlers of buck deer push out from their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur.   It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, thunderstorms being most frequent at this time. Sometimes this is also called the Full Hay Moon.

Barroom bet question: How long is the mean average period of daylight (sunrise to sunset) at exactly the North or the South geographic pole? For purposes of this question, mean average = total hours of daylight / number of periods of daylight in a year.
a. 8 hours
b. 11 hours, 58 minutes
c. 12 hours
d. 16 hours
e. 182.625 days
No peeking!
Tick, tock
Tick, tock
The answer is e, which is 1/2 year. At the North Pole the sun begins to appear above the horizon on March 21, rises slowly until June 21, then slowly sinks until disappearing below the horizon on Sept. 21. The converse happens at the South Pole. Thus there is ONLY ONE period of daylight per (non-calendar) year. With only one period of daylight, average and actual lengths are equal.

The next significant full moon will occur on August 10, 11:09 a.m August 10, 11:09 a.m. PDT.   Keep an eye on this spot for additional late-breaking news on this unprecedented event.

This information comes to you courtesy of:
written by Joe Rao.   Joe Rao serves as an instructor and guest lecturer at New York’s Hayden Planetarium. He writes about astronomy for Natural History magazine, the Farmer’s Almanac and other publications, and he is also an on-camera meteorologist for News 12 Westchester, N.Y.

But that’s waaay too long to type in, and besides, you don’t need to go there because SMBAS has done the work for you!
[Chuck Almdale]

  1. Karen&Doug Kirk permalink
    July 11, 2014 6:04 am

    Really appreciate you doing the work for us to know lots more details about each full moon! Thanks for being there and sharing…. Karen & Doug Kirk


    • Chukar permalink*
      July 11, 2014 11:17 am

      You’re welcome. And suggestions for Aug.-Dec. full moons are also welcome.
      I did the moon in 2012 in a similar manner (but less info.) & skipped 2013.
      I’m thinking of comments on the sun for 2015. Any suggestions on that?
      Although this blog is 99 & 44/100% local-bird-related, because the sun, moon & planets are also “flying around up there”, so to speak, I figure giving them a wave from time to time is appropriate.


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