'Full Thunder Moon' arrives Monday night

  • The Full Thunder Moon on July 18, 2008.
The Full Thunder Moon on July 18, 2008. (NASA/Sean Smith )
July 22, 2013|By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun

July's full moon arrives Monday night -- the "Full Thunder Moon" to many, appropriately enough given the weather this time of year.

The moon is technically "full" at 2:16 p.m., so it will be slightly past that maximum brightness when it rises at 8:12 p.m. It will stay out until 5:51 a.m.

Some other names for July's full moon are the Full Buck Moon, because around now is when new antlers begin to appear in male deer, and the Full Hay Moon, according to the Farmer's Almanac.

The moon will be plenty bright, only a month removed from its perigee -- the point at which it's closest to Earth in its orbit, bringing what many call a Supermoon.

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