Supermoon: When and where to see the July 2022 full moon

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Supermoon: When and where to see the July 2022 full moon

The UK has been enjoying a glorious week of sunshine with temperatures soaring and the sun setting hours later than it did just a few months ago.

And now, space and astronomy buffs will be thrilled to know that the biggest and brightest supermoon will be gracing the skies this week.

While many will be hoping to catch the spectacle in all its glory, timing and a range of other factors affect just how well you’ll be able to see the moon.

Here’s everything you need to know about when you can view it, what it is, when the next supermoon is and more.

When and where to see the July 2022 supermoon

The next supermoon is set to fall on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, and will reach its peak at 7.38pm according to the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.

It will rise in the east, so ensure you’re at an east-facing viewpoint with minimal obstruction at the time the full moon is at its brightest on Wednesday.

You won’t need a telescope or any fancy kit to see the supermoon, but if you fancy getting a better look at it, you may want to bring some binoculars along.

The moon will set in the west at 7.21am, but you’ll still notice how bright it is in the days following.

What is a supermoon and are there any more in 2022?

The supermoon is a combination of a lunar perigee – when the moon is at its closest to earth – and a full moon.

This is why it appears to be so large and bright in the sky, and why it can be spotted so close to the horizon.

The full moon in July is also known as the Buck Moon, because of the new antlers that emerge on a deer buck’s head around this time of year.

The reason for moons being given different names dates back thousands of years and relates to the behaviour of the plants, animals or weather that month. They have generally been attributed to names chosen by Native American tribes.

The July 2022 supermoon is the third of the year, and full moons occur every 29.5 days when the moon has completed its lunar phase cycle fully.

There are several more this year, which fall on:

  • Friday, August 12, 2022 - Sturgeon Moon

  • Saturday, September 10, 2022 - Corn/Harvest Moon

  • Sunday, October 9, 2022 - Hunter’s Moon

  • Tuesday, November 8, 2022 - Beaver Moon

  • Thursday, December 8, 2022 - Cold Moon

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