There may fewer big fireworks displays than usual this Fourth of July, because of the coronavirus pandemic, however there will be another light show in the sky this holiday weekend.
July's full moon, known as the "Buck Moon" will rise on Saturday evening and end with a partial lunar eclipse.
The Buck Moon — named after the new antlers seen on young male deer at this time of year — will rise after sunset on Saturday before reaching peak illumination at 12:44 a.m. ET , Late Saturday, Early Sunday Morning.
Each moon ans it's nickname is meant to correspond with the season, and the naming traditions are attributed to Native Americans,.
The Buck Moon will be the first full moon of the summer.
Every month of the year has a full moon — they occur every 27.5 days. —
A partial lunar eclipse will also be visible throughout North America that same time. During this particular type of eclipse, the moon misses the inner, darkest part of Earth’s shadow, and instead it glances the outer, less dark part of the shadow, which will subtly darken a part of the lunar surface.
The lunar eclipse will begin at 11:07 p.m. ET, Saturday night… reaching maximum lighting just before 12:30 a.m. and end at 1:52 a.m, according to Old Farmer’s Almanac.