One Full Moon, 3 Different Names
If you saw last nights full moon it goes by the name "buck moon" in North America.
The moon was in its waning gibbous phase by the time it was visible to North American eyes, but still appeared full.
If you missed it last night you will still be able to see the almost full "Buck Moon" again tonight.
Names of moons often date back to Native American tribes, and early European settlers. They helped keep track of seasons, and important events at those times. August's full moon, for example, is called the Sturgeon Moon, named for the species of fish that is best caught in the Great Lakes at around that time, according to the Farmer's Almanac.
Last nights full moon carries three different names:
- Buck Moon is one of three names given to the moon in North America in July because it arrives during the time when male deer, called "bucks," are beginning to grow their antlers.
- Hay Moon named by the farmers storing their hay.
- Thunder Moon for the number of thunderstorms that happen around this time.
In case you want to act like a moon expert to your friends, the Buck Moon even thought it won't be 100% full will appear full. "Hey look, that there is the Buck Moon!"
Sources: cnbc.com / Washingtonpost.com