It’s stag-gering! Buck moon – named as it shines as young deer get their antlers – rises and shines 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 ‘buck moon’ dazzled sky-gazers early today, putting on a staggering display as it rose around the world.
The supermoon, named as it appears in the season when young male deer grow their antlers, was also a lunar eclipse of sorts – with half the sun’s light blocked out, producing eerily spectacular images.
Unlike a total lunar eclipse, when the moon can appear dark red, in this so-called penumbral eclipse the earth’s satellite took on an orange hue as it hung low in the late evening skies.
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
Pictured: A Fourth of July fireworks display lighting up the sky as the full moon rises in the distance. The eclipse 11:08 pm in the US and in early hours of the next morning in the UK
Pictured: The moon passing by the Empire State Building before Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular in New York City
Pictured: Full moon seen between the clouds over Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia. In a penumbral lunar eclipse happens only when the outer shadow of the earth is on the face of the moon
Pictured: The moon seen in Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia. A full eclipse happens when the sun, the moon and Earth are exactly aligned
Pictured: Full moon rising over Foreign Ministry and Prime Ministry buildings in Moscow city in Russia. When the sun, the moon and the Earth are exactly aligned the earth casts a shadow on the face of the moon
Pictured: Silhouette of a person is seen in front of full moon over Darende district of Turkey’s Malatya. July’s full moon is called a ‘buck moon’ because it comes at the beginning of Summer when male deer grow their new antlers
Pictured: A memorial to city founder Julscelino Kubstichek is silhouetted against a sunset and full moon in the city centre in Brasilia, Brazil
WHAT IS A LUNAR ECLIPSE?
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