Full Buck Moon is a Super Moon: When to Watch in Wisconsin

WISCONSIN — Wisconsinans who enjoy dreamy activities like gazing at the moon on a summer night will be in for a treat early next week with the full moon.

The July supermoon will be the biggest and brightest of the year. It should reach its peak illumination at 1:39 p.m. Wednesday, but it will be well below the horizon when that happens. To see it rising, plan to look to the southeast sky just before sunset. The moon will rise tonight around 7:42 p.m.

And not only that, the meteor showers start again. The Delta Aquariids begin Tuesday and continue through August 2, culminating on July 28-29. A moonless sky will make the summit worth catching.

Back to the super moon: if you can see it, it depends on the weather. AccuWeather’s forecast on Wednesday calls for the possibility of afternoon thunderstorms in the Milwaukee area.

The full moon reaches perigee — that is, its closest approach to Earth in its elliptical orbit — at 4:06 a.m. Wednesday.

Supermoon is not an astronomical term, but a term coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979 to explain the effect of perigee – the closest approach of the Moon to Earth in a given orbit – when it produced during a full moon.

The full moon in July is called a male moon because it is the time of year when male deer antlers are in full growth. Deer shed and regrow their antlers each year, “producing a larger and more impressive set as the years pass,” according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

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