Heres How to See the Full Thunder Moon on July 16

first_img Rare Harvest Moon Will Light Up Night Sky on Friday the 13thIndia Finds Lost Vikram Lander on Moon’s Surface Get your telescopes ready: July’s full moon, also nicknamed the “Thunder Moon,” will illuminate the night sky on Tuesday night.On July 16, at 5:38 p.m. EDT, the Thunder Moon will be its brightest and appear full from Tuesday evening to Thursday morning, NASA said in a press release. The Thunder Moon, which will appear “opposite” the sun, will enable some onlookers to spot Jupiter and Saturn to the right of the moon on Tuesday night, AccuWeather.com reported.A partial lunar eclipse will also be visible in some areas of the world, where only a small area of the moon will pass through our planet’s inner shadow, also known as umbra. During the partial lunar eclipse, which is expected to last nearly three hours, only part of the moon will look dark while the rest of the moon will be all lit up by the sun. Skywatchers in North America won’t be able to see this partial eclipse with the Thunder Moon, however,  those in Australia, Africa, and South America will have better views of this celestial sight.Setting moon and elk (Photo Credit: National Park Service / Neal Herbert)The Thunder Moon receives its nickname for early summer’s frequent thunderstorms, which typically hit North America during June and July, NASA noted. In the ’30s, the Maine Farmer’s Almanac first published Native American names for full moons. According to the almanac, the Thunder Moon, which is the first full moon in July, is also known as the “Buck Moon.” During this time of year, new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads, marking an important time of growth.For more summer skywatching tips, visit NASA’s Solar System Exploration website.More on Geek.com:Watch Inspired By Moon Landing Fetches $4.5 Million at Auction Relive Apollo Moon Landing at NASA’s Restored Mission Control CenterSun’s Mysterious History Might Be Buried in Moon’s Crust, Scientists Say Stay on targetlast_img read more