What does a Full Moon mean?

THE Moon appears to change shape each night when you look into the night sky.

Some nights, it might look like a narrow crescent, while on other nights, the Moon might look like a bright circle, says Nasa.

Always stunning - the full Moon


Always stunning – the full MoonCredit: Alamy

What does a Full Moon mean?

There are four moon phases — New Moon, First Quarter, Full Moon, and Last Quarter.

A Full Moon means the Earth is between the Moon and the Sun and the Moon’s nearside is entirely lit.

The Moon doesn’t change shape and doesn’t produce any light – how we see it is due to the brightness from the Sun reflecting on it.

And Earth Sky writes: “A full moon is opposite the sun in its orbit around Earth.

“Its sunlit side is entirely visible from Earth. The moon appears full to the eye for two to three nights.

“However, astronomers regard the moon as full at a precisely defined instant, when the moon is exactly 180 degrees opposite the sun in ecliptic longitude.

“It’s that feature of a full moon – the fact that it’s opposite the sun as viewed from Earth – that causes a full moon to look full and round.”

Nasa explains: “The shape of the Moon isn’t changing throughout the month. However, our view of the Moon does change.

“The Moon does not produce its own light. There is only one source of light in our solar system, and that is the Sun.

“Without the Sun, our Moon would be completely dark.

“What you may have heard referred to as ‘moonlight’ is actually just sunlight reflecting off of the Moon’s surface.”

A Full Moon is see every 29.5 days.

Look out for the full Moon


Look out for the full MoonCredit: Alamy

What is the July Full Moon called?

The July Full Moon is called a Buck Moon and is believed to have a “spiritual meaning”.

The Moon is also known as Thunder Moon, Hay Moon, and Mead Moon.

When does the July Full Moon rise?

On Friday, July 23, 2021 the Moon will rise at 9.16pm in London.

Meanwhile, in the US the Moon will rise at 8.33pm in New York and 8.15pm in Los Angeles, Forbes reports.

According to Nasa, the July Full Moon 2021 will appear opposite the Sun at 10.37pm ET for the Americas.

Scientists said: “The Moon will appear full for about three days around the peak of the full Moon, from Thursday evening through Sunday morning.”

Look for the Full Buck Moon with ‘spiritual meaning’ on Friday July 23, 2021

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