Sunday, July 9, 2017

Full Moon Tonight, Sunday, July 9, 2017


CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- There will be a Full Moon tonight on Sunday, July 9, 2017. Sunday's full moon will have a 99.9% illumination.


Nighwatchers will be able to see tonight's Full Moon beginning with a moonrise over the Atlantic Ocean on Florida's east coast around 8:48 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (with a few minutes deviation depending on your exact location.)  The moonset will occur around 7:48 a.m. on the following morning of Monday, July 10, 2017.

For those planning a stroll along the beach to watch the Full Moon, the Full Moon brings along with it a 3'6" high tide that will occur around 9:03 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, with a few minutes of variation depending on your exact location.

Why is a Full Moon in July called a Thunder Moon or Buck Moon?

These moon names are associated with seasonal occurrences that happen in July.  Male deer, known as bucks, begin to sprout their antlers which is why it is called a Buck Moon.  Thunder Moon gets its name from the summer thunderstorms that happen in July.