Full Buck Moon Hike

July 16, 8:00pm – 10:00pm. July is the month of the Full Buck Moon. At this time, a buck’s antlers are in full growth mode. This full Moon was also known as the Thunder Moon because thunderstorms are so frequent during this month. July 2019 is notable because it will have two new Moons: the first rises on July 2 and the second on July 31. In recent years, a second new Moon in a single calendar month has come to be called a “Black Moon,” though this is not an official astronomical term.

How did the full Moons get their names? The full Moons have descriptive names that typically come from Native American tribes who used the full Moons to keep track of the seasons. The Almanac tends to use the names of the Algonquin people, who were prominent along the Atlantic Coast and into the interior along the St. Lawrence River and around the Great Lakes.

Reprinted from The Old Farmer’s Almanac