The natural satellite bas been coined the Buck Moon because the antlers of male deer, or bucks, are in full-growth mode during this time.
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Full Moon at Sunset
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Look into the night sky this July and see something truly incredible—the largest and brightest supermoon of 2022. July's full moon, known as the Buck Moon, will reach its peak on Wednesday, July 13, according to a report by Space.com.

The moon is slated to orbit closer to Earth than any other full moon during 2022, which means it is the biggest supermoon of the year. Almanac.com states that at its closest point, the Buck Moon will be about 222,089 miles from Earth, beating out June's Strawberry Moon by 200 kilometers.

Although supermoons are bigger than normal full moons, the difference is hard for the naked eye to discern. With that being said, the object will still dominate the night sky and shine brighter than any other celestial object. According to the Space.com, July 13 will be a great time to examine its lunar features with the naked eye; you'll be able to spot highlands and lowlands. If you have binoculars or a telescope handy, you'll be able to see the moon's craters, mountains, ridges, and finer details.

July's full moon goes by a handful of names, but it's most commonly referred to as the Buck Moon. The moniker was given to the natural satellite because the antlers of male deer, or bucks, are in full-growth mode during this time. According to Almanac.com, bucks shed and regrow their antlers each year, forming a larger pair as the years pass. Other names given this super moon include: Feather Moulting Moon, Salmon Moon, Thunder Moon, and Halfway Summer Moon.

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