Thunder Moon, Black Moon, double meteor showers make July great for astronomers

Simply look up!

Keep your eyes on the sky during the month of July as you’ll get to see a Thunder Moon and a Black Moon this month!

The Old Farmer’s Almanac says there will be a Full Moon on Tuesday, July 16. And it’s got two special names.

The Thunder Moon and the Full Buck Moon

So, what’s with the nicknames? We can thank our Native American ancestors for these clever names.

According to legend, the first full moon of July is called the Full Buck Moon because a buck’s antlers are in full growth mode by this time of the month. It’s also known as the Thunder Moon because thunderstorms are so frequent.

The moon will look much larger than usual as a result.

Unfortunately for those of us in North America, we won’t be able to see the partial lunar eclipse that’s also happening tonight, July 16.

The Black Moon

You’ll want to look to the sky again on Wednesday evening, July 31.

The second new moon in a month is called a Black Moon.

The crazy thing is that when you look to the sky, you won’t see a thing!

That’s because a new moon is actually when it is in conjunction with the sun and invisible from the earth, or shortly thereafter when it appears as a slender crescent.

But it will be a PERFECT night for stargazing!

Check out more moon facts in the Almanac HERE.

Double meteor showers

There are two other astronomical events to look forward to as well!

Double meteor showers will happen July 29 and 30.

You’ll want to look to the south on these nights to see the peak of both the Southern Delta Aquarids and the Alpha Capricornids.

Between the two, you can expect to see about 25 meteors per hour.