Almanac: July Moon Phases

2018AlmanacMOON PHASES FOR JULY 2018

bloodmoonAll dates and times are ET.

Last Quarter: July 6, 3:51 A.M.
New Moon: July 12, 10:48 P.M.
First Quarter: July 19, 3:52 P.M.
Full Moon: July 27, 4:20 P.M.


  • On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first person to step foot on the Moon. He also placed the U.S. flag there.
  • On July 31, 1999, the ashes of astrogeologist Eugene Shoemaker were deposited on the Moon.


full buck moon

July is the month of the Full Buck Moon. At this time, a buck’s antlers are in full growth mode. This Full Moon was also known as the Thunder Moon because thunderstorms are so frequent during this month.

How did the Full Moons get their names? The Full Moons have descriptive names that come from Native American tribes who used the Full Moons as a sort of calendar to keep track of the seasons. The Almanac tends to use the names of the Algonquins who were prominent along the Atlantic Coast and into the interior along the St. Lawrence River and around the Great Lakes.

Here are a few other Native American names for the July full Moon (translated literally into English):

  • “Ripe Corn Moon” –Cherokee
  • “Middle of Summer Moon” –Ponca
  • “Moon When Limbs of Trees Are Broken by Fruit” –Zuni

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