Full Buck Moon to rise this week; may have red hue

The full moon that is scheduled to be seen for July is almost ready to rise.

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The Full Buck Moon was given the name as male deer’s antlers finish forming and begin to harden, according to The Farmer’s Almanac.

It also is called the Full Hay Moon since it’s time for farmers to cut and cure hay to prepare for winter.

The moon may also be called the Full Thunder Moon due to the number of thunderstorms that happen during the month of July, the almanac explained.

No matter the name, the moon may have a red appearance this year due to wildfires burning in the Western U.S., CBS News reported.

The fires are spreading smoke across the country as far as New York and that is causing the sun and moon to put on a light show.

The moon will be full Friday night at 10:37 p.m. ET, but it will appear full from Thursday evening through Sunday morning according to NASA.

The moon isn’t the only sky show that will be happening over the coming weeks.

Saturn will be closest to the Earth on Aug. 2 and Jupiter will be at its closest, and brightest point on Aug. 19. They will both be visible in the early evening. Stargazers should be able to see Jupiter’s four moons — Ganymede, Callisto, Europa and Io — with a backyard telescope as long as you have clear skies. You should also be able to see Saturn’s rings and its largest moon, Titan, NASA said.

The Perseid meteor shower will also be able to be seen from now through Aug. 24 with the meteors at their peak during the afternoon of Aug. 12, according to NASA. Since it will be daylight at the time of the most meteors, NASA said the best bet is to see some during the early morning of Aug. 12 or Aug. 13.


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