The moon looks FULL tonight, but the actual July full moon is on July 12 (tomorrow).
The July full moon is known as any of the following:
• Full Buck Moon – because in July the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur.
• Full Thunder Moon - because thunderstorms are most frequent during this time.
Another name for this month’s Moon was the Full Hay Moon, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.
According to NASA, tomorrow’s full moon also is a Super Moon, which occurs because the Moon is in an elliptical orbit around the Earth.
“When the Moon is closest, it is at its orbital perigee, which is why a Super Moon is also known as a Perigee Moon, 222,611 miles away,” according to NASA. This is the first in a trio of “super moons” this year the others will be in August and September.
Tomorrow’s full moon is about 30,000 miles closer than the moon at its farthest distance in 2014.
A full moon at its closest point to Earth definitely will be big and bright. But don’t expect the monster moon like what we saw in March 2011. Tomorrow’s moon won’t look different than a “normal” full moon and will not have any readily observable effect on our planet except perhaps slightly higher tides.
The largest supermoon of the year will be on August 10, when the moon will be another 863 miles closer than tomorrow.
The Brevard Times reports that low hanging moons near the horizon appear larger to humans. So the Super Moon will appear biggest to the naked eye on the U.S east coast during and just after the moonrise around 8:30 p.m. on July 12.
I suggest watching it from the West Haven beach around Jimmy’s Restaurant, it’s a great spot with no obstructions.