Buck moon wows skywatchers around the world

It’s stag-gering! Buck moon – named as it shines as deer get their antlers – wows skywatchers as it rises around the world

  •  Skywatchers caught July’s full ‘buck moon’ , on July 4 and 5, in the third of four penumbral lunar eclipses 
  •  The eclipse started at 11:08 pm in the US and during early hours of the morning in the UK and Europe
  •  A penumbral lunar eclipse is different to a total eclipse as the whole moon is not in the earth’s shadow

July’s full ‘buck moon’ appeared on July 4 and 5 and, although it was a subtle one, many skywatchers took some breathtaking photographs of the moon when it was clear.   

The darkened, full moon was the third of four penumbral lunar eclipses which is when only the outer shadow of the earth is on the face of the moon. 

This is unlike a total eclipse where the earth’s shadow is on the whole of the moon as the Earth, the moon and the sun align with each other 

In a total lunar eclipse the moon looks dark red but a penumbral lunar eclipse only darkens the look of the moon.  

July’s eclipse started at 11:08 pm in the US which was during the early hours of the morning in the UK with only 35 per cent visible, according to Space.com.    

When there is a full moon in July it is known as the ‘buck moon’ because it comes at the beginning of Summer when male deer grow their new antlers. 

It can also be called the ‘thunder moon’ because of the frequency of thunderstorms during this hot, dry month in some parts of the world.

Pictured: Last night’s full moon rising through bands of cloud above Rampion wind farm off the south coast of West Sussex during the penumbral lunar eclipse

Pictured: The full moon rising behind Kreuzenstein castle in Leobendorf, Austria. The penumbral lunar eclipse was the third of four

Pictured: The full moon peeks out over the estuary of Vigo and behind the Rande Bridge between the towns of Redondela and Moana, Galicia, northwestern Spain

Pictured: The full moon seen in Ankara, the capital of Turkey. A penumbral lunar eclipse is different to a total eclipse because the whole moon is not in the earth’s shadow

An eclipse occurs any time a planet or moon passes between another planet, moon or the sun.

Depending on their orbits, they can be total or partial.

A lunar eclipse is a specific event which happens when Earth lines up directly between the sun and the moon.

When this happens, Earth blocks the light from the sun to the moon. Earth’s shadow then falls on the moon.

During a lunar eclipse, we can see Earth’s shadow on the moon.

They can last for several hours, but it is rare for a period of total eclipse to last longer than 100 minutes.  

At least two lunar eclipses happen every year.

The moon will also be slightly closer to the Earth, causing it to appear brighter than usual, dubbed a Super Moon. These unique factors, when combined, result in a ‘Super Blood Wolf Moon’. This graphic shows how a lunar eclipse occurs

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