Full 'Buck Moon' on Friday, July 11

Full 'Buck Moon' on Friday, July 11

Skywatchers will be treated to the first 'Supermoon' of summer when the Buck Moon arrives this weekend.

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Full 'Buck Moon' on Friday, July 11
[UNVERIFIED CONTENT] The full moon of June 2013, or the Supermoon 2013 is rising next to the Apteros (wingless) Nike temple, on the Acropolis of Athens, Greece.
[UNVERIFIED CONTENT] This is the full moon in June 2013 or the 2013 Supermoon, as it rises next to the Apteros (Wingless) Nike temple, on the Acropolis of Athens.
BOSTON - JUNE 23: The Supermoon seen from Castle Island, rising behind Long Island, in Boston, Mass., Sunday, June 23, 2013. The moon disappeared into the clouds as it rose. (Photo by Yoon S. Byun/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 23: In this handout image provided by NASA, a supermoon rises behind the Washington Monument on June 23, 2013 in Washington, DC. This year the supermoon is up to 13.5% larger and 30% brighter than a typical full moon. (Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)
A supermoon rises next to the ancient Greek temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, some 65 kilometers south of Athens, on June 23, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)
LAPD chopper flies in a foregraund of the Super Moon in Los Angeles, California on May 05, 2012. Tonight's moon is set to appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter from our perspective on Earth. The Supermoon lines up much closely with perigee -- the moon's closest point to Earth. The 2012 May full moon falls some six minutes after perigee, the moon's closest point to Earth for this month. At perigee, the moon lies only 221,802 miles (356,955 kilometers ) away. Later this month, on May 19, the moon will swing out to apogee -- its farthest point for the month -- at 252,555 miles (406,448 kilometers) distant. AFP PHOTO /JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/GettyImages)
UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 19: The moon at perigree on March 19, 2011 at 18:37 hours. A perigree moon is a moon that is at its closest to earth (as contrasted to moon in apogee). The Supermoon is a full moon in perigree. The proximity of a supermoon to earth contributes to higher ocean tides and greater variation between high and low tide. It is also contended by some that a supermoon will effect crystal tides and therefore lead to a greater likelihood of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. (Photo by Jamie Cooper/SSPL/Getty Images)
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It's called the Buck Moon because it occurs at about the same time as buck deer begin to grow new antlers, according to Space.com. It is also sometimes called the Thunder Moon, describing the weather conditions of the season, or the Hay Moon.

Time is of the essence with this event, because the moon won't be in the sky for long each night. The Republican Herald says the Buck Moon will peak in the southern sky at about 1 a.m. each night this weekend and will set less than 10 hours after it rises.

The last full moon occurred on Friday, June 13, and if you didn't have a chance to catch that creepy occasion, it's going to be a while before it happens again. According to Vox.com, the next Friday-the-13th full moon will be seen Aug. 13, 2049.
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