The full 'Buck Moon' of July beams sky watchers despite a lunar fading eclipse

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sky watchers may have seen more than night's fireworks at Saturday Fourth of July: the full moon.

The full "Buck Moon" of July was dipped in a penumbral lunar eclipse on a Saturday and Sunday evening, July 4-5. While the lunar eclipse was subtle and hard to see – it was said by one eclipse expert that it was "invisible" – the full moon remained a spectacular sight for world watchers.

The eclipse of this weekend was the 3rd of the four penumbral lunar eclipses. Earth comes between the moon and the sun during a lunar eclipse, and the three align exactly (or nearly exactly) due to this alignment, Earth casts an image on the face of the moon.

The Moon is in the shadow of Earth and can take blood-red shades in a total lunar eclipse. But only that diffuse external earth's shadow, known as the penumbra, falls on the face of the moon during a penumbral lunar eclipse. This means that the effect of darkening is very small.

When the moon is full, all lunar eclipses occur. It is interesting to note that the gravitational forces on Earth during eclipses, due to the influence of the sun when it lines with the moon and our planet. This increases the volume of our planet's oceans and causes higher and lower tides.

The next lunar eclipse, which will also be a penumbral eclipse, will be this fall, 29–30 November after this weekend's firework-filled eclipse fun. While this lunar eclipse has been almost imperceptible to many, for the most part in Africa , South America, the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans, as well as the Antarctica, people of Southern and Western Europe have theoretically been visible. Those in the USA might have even noticed the overshadow while looking for fireworks, as on July 4, Independence Day in the country, the lunar eclipse fell.

The "Thunder Moon" moniker, which comes from the summer storms around the time of July's plenary, according to the Old Farmer 's Almanac, is given penumphal lunar eclipses which occur during July.

This Moon has also been called the Buck Moon by Indigenous American Strokes since this event usually coincides with the times when male wild boars are growing new, cuddly bodies. Some people also call it the Hay Moon because, according to Earthsky.org, it usually comes at a period when farmers stock their barns with hay.

Besides just looking up, looking at our rocky satellite and learning more, many cultures worldwide have taken customs according to lunar eclipse throughout history. Many viewed lunar eclipses as times or hazardous signs.