This Wednesday night may be your best chance to see a supermoon in Seattle!
Only three or four supermoons appear in the sky every year. The last supermoon was June’s Strawberry Moon, but if you missed that (possibly due to Seattle’s famously cloudy weather) you have a second chance this month! July’s full moon is called the Buck Moon and it happens to also be a supermoon.
You’ll be able to see it the Buck Moon in Seattle on the evening of Wednesday, July 13 if the skies are clear—and since summer is typically the best time for skywatching in Seattle, your chances are good for once.
Read on for everything you need to know about this Wednesday’s Buck Moon in Seattle!
July’s full moon is called a Buck Moon because it’s the time of year that male deer (or bucks) grow their new antlers. This year’s Buck Moon happens to coincide with extra-close proximity to Earth, making it a supermoon. Although this week’s supermoon will likely appear somewhat brighter and larger, it’s not always a noticeable difference to the naked eye. Using a telescope or viewing the moon when it is closest to the horizon will make the spectacle more impressive.
The Buck Moon is due to rise in Seattle at 9:50 p.m. on Wednesday evening and will reach its highest point in the sky at 12:50 a.m. It will set at 4:47 a.m.
Unable to get outside to see the Buck Moon in Seattle this week? Follow a livestream by the Telescope Project.
The next and final supermoon of 2022 will be August 11, so mark your calendar now!