July 9, 2014 - Photographed at 11:11 p.m. EST
Photography by Norma Beaird
Supermoon Information from EarthSky
According to EarthSky:
On July 12, 2014, we have the first full moon after the June 21 solstice. Around this time of year, in North America, buck deer start growing antlers, thunder storms rage and farmers struggle to pile up hay in their barns. Thus, according to folklore, we call this full moon the Buck Moon, Thunder Moon or Hay Moon.
The July 2014 full moon is also the first of three full-moon supermoons in 2014. Previously, we had two supermoons in January – on January 1 and 30 – but they were new-moon supermoons.
The full moons on July 12, August 10 and September 9 all enjoy the supermoon designation because they are full moons at their closest to Earth for that month. The centers of these moons and Earth are less than 361,863 kilometers (224,851 miles) apart. The closest supermoon of the year comes with the August 10 full moon, with a moon that’s only 356,896 kilometers (221,765 miles) from Earth.
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