(CNN) — July’s full moon, the stag moon, will light up the sky on Wednesday in a particularly striking way.
According to NASA, the full moon will appear from Tuesday morning to Friday morning. It will peak Wednesday at 2:48 p.m. Miami time, but won’t be fully visible in North America until the moon reaches the horizon. To those who see it, it may appear larger and brighter than other 2022 moons because it is a supermoon.
Although there is no single definition of a supermoon, the term usually refers to a full moon that can stand out more than others because it is within 90% of its orbit closest to Earth. The deer moon is the closest supermoon to Earth this year, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
The clearest views of the July full moon in the US will be on the West Coast, in the Great Plains and in the Midwest, said CNN meteorologist Jennifer Gray. A cold front will enter the southeastern United States on July 12 and 13, potentially causing storms and rain throughout the region. Parts of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado are also expecting thunderstorms early this week, she added.
“Unlike some astronomical events, there is no [una situación en la que] you have to look at it right now or you’ll miss it,” said Noah Petro, head of NASA’s Laboratory for Planetary Geology, Geophysics and Geochemistry. “There really isn’t a time when you have to be looking at it to get the most out of the moon. full. If it’s cloudy and you don’t want to be out, just go one of the next few nights.”
To get the clearest views of the Moon, Petro recommends avoiding areas surrounded by tall buildings and thick forests. The calculator from the Old Farmer’s Almanac can help you know what time the Moon rises and sets in your area.
This full moon is commonly known as the deer moon because male deer, or bucks, fully grow their antlers in July, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Deer antlers shed and regrow each year, getting larger as the animals age.
But this is not the only name by which the July full moon is known.
The Tlingit call it the salmon moon, as the fish often return to the Pacific Northwest coast around this time and are ready to be harvested. For the Western Abenaki, it is the thunder moon, referring to the frequent thunderstorms at this time of year.
In Europe, the July moon is often called the hay moon after the hay season in June and July, according to NASA.
The full moon in July corresponds with the Hindu, Buddhist and Jain festival Guru Purnima, a celebration to clear the mind and honor spiritual and academic gurus.
To Petro and other space enthusiasts, this moon is called the moon of Apollo 11. Apollo 11 was the first mission to put humans on the lunar surface. The mission launched on July 16, 1969 and landed on the moon on July 20, 1969.
There are five full moons left for 2022, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac:
- August 11: Sturgeon Moon
- September 10: Harvest Moon
- October 9: Hunter’s Moon
- November 8: Beaver Moon
- December 7: cold moon
Although these are the popularized names associated with the full moon of each month, each of them has a varied meaning in the native american tribes.
lunar and solar eclipses
One total lunar eclipse and one partial solar eclipse remain in the remainder of 2022, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Partial solar eclipses occur when the Moon passes in front of the Sun, but only blocks part of its light. Make sure you wear proper glasses to view solar eclipses safely, as direct sunlight can be harmful to your eyes.
A partial solar eclipse will be visible to people in Greenland, Iceland, Europe, northeast Africa, the Middle East, western Asia, India, and western China on October 25. This eclipse will not be visible from North America.
A total lunar eclipse will also be visible to those in Asia, Australia, the Pacific, South America, and North America on November 8 between 3:01 a.m. and 8:58 a.m. Miami time, but the Moon will set for those are found in the eastern regions of North America.
These are the meteor showers that we can enjoy in the remainder of 2022:
- Southern Delta Aquarids: July 29-30
- Alpha Capricorns: July 30-31
- Perseids: August 11-12
- Orionids: October 20-21
- Southern Taurids: November 4-5
- Northern Taurids: November 11-12
- Leonidas: November 17-18
- Geminids: December 13-14
- Ursids: December 21-22
If you live in an urban area, it is recommended that you go to a place that is not plagued by city lights that obstruct your vision. If you find an area that is not affected by light pollution, meteors could be visible every two minutes from sunset to sunrise.
Find an open area with a wide view of the sky. Make sure you have a chair or blanket so you can look up. And give your eyes 20 to 30 minutes to adjust to the dark, without looking at your phone or other electronics, to make meteors easier to spot.