When the full moon rises in July on Tuesday, there is also a partial lunar eclipse. Unfortunately, most of us living in North America will not see it.
The first full moon in July, Accuweather.com calls it the "thunderstorm moon" due to the frequent thunderstorms this season.
There will also be a partial lunar eclipse that will make it a "half-blood thunder moon". The term "blood" comes from the way the moon appears red when it goes into the shadow of the earth. A full moon is called a "blood moon".
The Farmers Almanac also calls July "Buck Moon" because the antlers of the buck are in full-growth mode at this time of year. Old Farmers Almanac come from tribes of Indians, colonial Americans, or other generations of North American tradition names.
The partial lunar eclipse is not seen in North America according to timeanddate.com. This partial lunar eclipse, the last lunar eclipse of 2019, is visible from Australia, Africa, South America, most of Europe and Asia. The solar eclipse will miss North America with the exception of the southern and eastern parts of the continent.
Besides the moon on Tuesday, there are two more events that Skywatcher would like to take note this month.
According to Accuweather:
- 29. and July 30th: Double meteor shower! Toward the end of the month, head south for two nights to see the apex of the southern delta and Alpha ibex. The two will merge to a total of about 25 meteors per hour.
- 31st July: Black Moon What is a black moon? It's the opposite of a blue moon, explains AccuWeather. Instead of two full moons per month, one black moon refers to two new moons per month. This is good news for astronomy enthusiasts, as there are many good opportunities for stargazing.