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Thundermoon wandering through the earths shadow on Tuesday during the partial lunar eclipse

By Brian Lada AccuWeather meteorologist and employee author
12th July 2019, 15:16:12 EDT

On Tuesday evening, the sky fills with thunder, while the July full moon, known as the Thunder moon, shines brightly.

Viewers who step outside on Tuesday night can see Saturn and Jupiter most of the night to the right of the moon, making it a great night to set up a telescope.

  Thunder Moon

"This full moon [is] is called the Thunder Moon because there are so many thunderstorms this month," Old Farmer's Almanac said on its website.

The July full moon is also referred to as Buck Moon, as new antlers begin to grow on Dollar's heads this season. Other names for this month's full moon include Ripe Corn Moon, Hay Moon, and Old Moon.

In addition, there will be a partial lunar eclipse for part of the world this month.

  Partial Lunar Eclipse

An airplane drives by as the moon goes down during a phenomenon over trees that combines a supermoon, a blue moon, and a lunar eclipse in Charlotte, NC, Wednesday, January 31, 2018. (AP Photo / Chuck Burton)

During a partial lunar eclipse, only part of the Moon passes through the inner shadow of the Earth (umber), leaving only part of the Moon dark, leaving the rest illuminated by the Sun.

The partial lunar eclipse lasts nearly three hours and starts at 8 pm. GMT and ends around 11pm. GMT Tuesday night.


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The subphase will be surrounded by the penumbra phase as the moon traverses the outer shadow of the Earth (partial shade). However, this phase is difficult to see and is not as noticeable as the subphase.

Unfortunately, North America will be the only area in the world that can not see the eclipse. The next time that a large part of North America can see a lunar eclipse is on the night of July 4 to the early morning of July 5, 2020.

  Thundermond Eclipse

Two weeks after the thunderstorm Eclipse, the July ends with a black moon.

A Black Moon is the second new moon in a calendar month. This is similar to a Blue Moon, which usually refers to the second full moon in a month.

However, unlike a blue moon, this month's phenomenon is not visible because the part of the moon that is illuminated by the sun during a new moon is away from the earth.

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