The lunar calendar for July 2023 will have the full moon as its main protagonist, but not just any. On this occasion, this will be a super deer moonan event in which the natural satellite will appear slightly larger and brighter than usual.
The Moon changes appearance in 29.5-day cycles. This is because, as it travels around the Earth, light from the Sun hits the surface of the face differently than we always see. In that sense, our satellite has four main phases.
In this note we will tell you when each of the lunar phases will occur and which of them will be the expected supermoon.
Full moon and other lunar phases
These are the dates of each of the lunar phases predicted for July 2023:
- full moon (super deer moon): July 3
- last quarter: July 9th
- New Moon: July 17th.
The next full moon, the first of winter in the southern hemisphere (summer for the northern hemisphere), will be a supermoon.
According to NASA, a supermoon is not a lunar phase, but an event that takes place when the satellite, in its full phase, reaches its perigee, that is, its closest point to our planet, 361,000 km away. This causes it to appear 7% larger and 15% brighter than common full moons.
According to some reports, this will be the first supermoon of the four predicted this 2023, which will be consecutive, says the American institution.
Why is it called a stag moon?
The full moon in July is also called the stag moon by ancient North American tribes. The reason for its nickname, explains The Old Farmer’s Almanac, is due to the fact that its appearance coincides with the season in which the antlers of these animals grow.
However, it is not his only nickname. It is also called the thunder moon, due to the frequent thunderstorms in the northern hemisphere.