On Monday night, the Moon looked bigger and brighter than normal, making people look up at the sky. It is called a “Buck Moon,” and its path around the Earth is closer than usual.
Nasa says that the supermoon in July will look full for up to three days.
Due to the pull of the Earth’s gravity, the Moon’s path is not a perfect circle. Instead, it is irregular, like an oval or stretched circle.
A supermoon happens when the Moon is full and at the point in its path where it is closest to Earth. When the sun and moon are on opposite sides of the sky and the earth is in the middle, there is a full moon.
The side of the moon that faces the earth and is lit by the sun throws a glow and light on us. This gives us energy and helps us see things clearly.
According to the Royal Observatory, the Native Americans called the full Moon in July “Buck Moon” because that is when male deer’s horns are growing the most. The bucks’ antlers fall off and grow back.
The Old Farmer’s Almanack says that the Moon had the most light at 12:39 BST (07:39 Eastern Time) on Monday.
The Almanack, which has been publishing scientific information for hundreds of years, said that the Buck Moon would be closer to Earth than the full Moons we’ve had so far this year.
The newspaper said that the full Moon in August will be the only supermoon that will be closer to Earth this year.