July’s Full Black Moon Lunar Eclipse
Fireworks May Be Canceled But Space Will Have a Show
The full moon in July is known as the black moon, named for the new antlers that emerge on deer buck’s foreheads, also known as the full buck moon.
Other names in some cultures are references for yearly or seasonal events; the full Thunder moon, Raspberry Moon, Salmon Moon, and Hay moon.
Hay is harvested this time of year and we all know the summer thunder storms are showing up. Raspberries or moon berries are ripening in the fields. The Native American tribes had different names for full moons to correspond with natural events or harvests. It is how they knew the time of year like we do today with a calendar.
July’s full moon will occur just after midnight on the 5th of July and it comes with a show. A penumbral eclipse, when the moon crosses the outer edge of the earth’s shadow, the penumbra. The edge of the moon will appear slightly darker than usual. This can be difficult to see and is best observed during the middle of the event.
On July 4th starting at 11:07 eastern time, the moon starts to slide into the earth’s outer shadow. Eclipse maximum will occur at 12:29 AM July 5th. At 1:52 AM the penumbral eclipse will end. This lasts 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Grab the lawn chairs, bug juice, and watch this event it will be a good education for the kids.
But wait there’s more. The Alpha Capricornids will fire up at the end of the month. This will be the first meteor shower since May.