The full “Buck Moon” should rise in the sky.
But the name doesn’t refer to anything special about the moon itself. Instead, it’s the name it takes when the full moon comes in July.
As such, there will be nothing remarkable about the moon when it is visible in the sky beyond the usual visibility afforded on a full moon. In contrast to a super moon, a lunar eclipse or similar celestial sights, the moon looks exactly like normal.
(However, as noted by some U.S. news organizations, the moon might look a little red or orange – but because of the wildfires that are burning in the west of the country, and not for astronomical reasons.)
The name Buck Moon is purportedly Native American in origin and comes from the fact that it is now when the buck deer begin to sprout antlers from their foreheads. The Maine Farmer’s Almanac is the source of many of the popular names for the moon, which run from the Old Moon in January to the Cold Moon in December.
It is also known by various names. In Europe it is sometimes called Hay Moon because it comes at harvest time, or Mead Moon; however, these names are sometimes applied to the moon in June as well.
It is also the Guru Full Moon or Guru Purnima for Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains. As noted by NASA, this is celebrated as “the time for clearing the mind and honoring the guru or spiritual master”.
And for Theravada Buddhists, the moon is known as Asalha Puha, Dharma Day, or Esala Poya. His arrival marks an important festival celebrating the Buddha’s first sermon.
Although there have been a number of super moons this year, there won’t be another for almost a year – the next one will be on June 14, 2022.