Did you know there will be four Supermoons in 2023. The next one that will be occurring will be on Monday, 3 July 2023 and it is known as a Buck Moon.
Supermoons: What Are They?
According to a media fact sheet by the Science Centre Observatory, Supermoons occur when the moon’s orbit is the closest to Earth. This makes the moon appear larger and brighter than usual.
For the upcoming Supermoon on 3 July 2023, known as a Buck Moon, the moon will be 362,000 km away from earth. That’s the equivalent of the distance of flying between Singapore and London 33 times.
The Buck Moon will be the second closest Supermoon of the year.
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Why is July’s Supermoon Called a Buck Moon?
The Supermoon in July is called a Buck Moon?
No, it has nothing to do with making a quick buck. Instead, the buck that it is referring to the male deer.
The term Buck Moon was first coined by Native Americans.
It was named because the antlers of bucks or male deer grow out in the month of July. Bucks shed and regrow their antlers each year, with each subsequent set of antlers more impressive than the last.
In case you are wondering, there are other Native American names for the full moon in July. These include Feather Moulting Moon and Salmon Moon. Our favourite is Moon When the Chokecheeries are Ripe.
What Time will the Buck Moon be Visible?
The Buck Moon will begin rising at 7.13 pm on 3 July 2023, approximately from the Southeast direction.
The Moon may be at an appreciable height for viewing in Singapore from 9 pm onwards. This will be the best time to head outdoors to catch a glimpse.
The Buck Moon will continue rising till it reaches the highest point in the sky that it will reach, the Meridian, at 1.25 am.
It will then continue to set in the Southwest direction.
The Buck Moon will finally set at 7.40 am on 4 July 2023.
Best Places to View the Buck Moon
The Buck Moon will be so bright and large that it can be viewed with the naked eye.
As long as the skies are clear and unobstructed, you will be able to get a view of the full moon.
If you want to get better and potentially elevated view of the Buck Moon with panoramic views of the city skyline, you can always visit open public areas like Marina Barrage, East Coast Park and the Southern Ridges.