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Full Buck Moon Update – July 19, 3:56 PM PDT

July 18, 2016

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 16/5/03  eclipse (Sebastien Gauthier 5/14/14; NASA website)

July 19, 3:56 p.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.

July Moon Names from other cultures Courtesy of Keith Cooley):
Chinese: Hungry Ghost Moon; Celtic: Moon of Claiming; English Medieval: Mead Moon

The annual Perseid meteor shower is next month on the 12th-13th, before the next full moon, so we’re mentioning it here. Up to 100 bright meteors per hour! Watch closely for UFO’s lurking among them.

Barroom bet question: How long is the average period of daylight at exactly the North or the South geographic pole? For purposes of this question, average = total hours of daylight / no. of 24-hour  (midnight to midnight) periods with the sun above the horizon.
a. 8 hours
b. 11 hours, 58 minutes
c. 12 hours
d. 16 hours
e. 182.625 days
Tick, tock
Tick, tock
No peeking!
Tick, tock
Tick, tock

The answer is e, which is 1/2 year. At the North Pole the sun rises on March 21, never to set until Sept. 21. The converse happens at the South Pole. Thus the only period of daylight each year is 1/2 year long.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac has a page for each full moon. One tip for July: set your eggs on the 19th through 21st. Now you know, so you have no excuse.

The next significant full moon will occur on Aug. 18, 2:26 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]

One Comment
  1. July 18, 2016 6:06 pm

    Neat! Thank you–Enid Hayflick, Ridgewood NJ 


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