A full Buck Moon will light up the sky tonight, 50 years after man first touched its surface

Lisa Walden
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From Country Living

July's full moon will illuminate the skies this evening (Tuesday 16th July) at around 10.38pm BST.

Known as the 'Buck Moon', it is the seventh full moon of the year and, this July, it will appear alongside another celestial event: a partial lunar eclipse. The eclipse will peak at a similar time to the full moon, at 10.31pm BST or 9.31pm UTC, making it the perfect evening to grab your binoculars, look up, and catch two events for the price of one.

The Buck Moon will also coincide with the 50th anniversary of NASA's Apollo 11 mission to the moon, where Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins became the first men to explore the lunar surface.

Photo credit: Mimi Ditchie Photography - Getty Images

On NASA's website, it says: "The Moon will appear full for about three days around this time, from Monday night through Thursday morning."

NASA has also explained the full moon will be visible on every continent except North America.

Why is it called the Buck Moon?

The Buck Moon is named after the new antlers which emerge from a buck's forehead around this time of year. Male deers shed their antlers and grow new ones every year.

July's full moon is also referred to as the Thunder Moon, because of the frequent thunderstorms during the summer months.

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