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July’s full super moon names and observing notes 2014

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This month’s full moon is most commonly known as the Summer Moon. It is also known as the Buck Moon, Thunder Moon, Hay Moon, and Mead Moon. Mead is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented honey and water. If you care to make some you can go here. To the Lakota Sioux it was known as the Moon when Cherries are Ripe. The Pima called it Moon of Giant Cactus. The Haida call it the Killer Whale Moon.

This month the full moon occurs when the Moon is at perigee or closest to the Earth. This is commonly referred to as a super moon. The Moon will appear a little bigger and brighter than the average full moon. This is the first of three super moons this year. The next super moon occurs on August 10 and will be the closest of the three at 221,765 miles. The third occurs on September 9th.

The Moon will be the constellation Capricornus, the goat. Above and left of the Moon are three widely spaced stars forming the Summer Triangle. The brightest star, Vega, will be nearly overhead.

Technically the full moon is only a moment in time even though the Moon looks full on the evenings July 11, July 12, and July 13. That moment occurs at 5:26am MDT on Saturday, July 12 for Aurora, Colorado. Moonrise occurs at 8:32pm MDT. For those early morning risers, moonset occurs at 6:04am MDT. Sunrise will occur 23 minutes after moonset (5:41am MDT). This would be a great time to take a picture of the setting full moon over the mountains. On the morning of July 13 moonset occurs at 7:16am MDT. Sunrise occurs at 5:42an MDT 1 hour 34 minutes after moonset.

Wishing you clear skies

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