Buck Moon – Full Moon of July 2012The full moon that appears in July 2012 is called the Buck Moon. Male deer, which shed their antlers every year, begin to regrow them in July, hence the Native American name for July 2012’s full moon. The Buck Moon of July 2012 is sometimes referred to as the Thunder Moon, for the month’s many summer storms, and Hay Moon, after the July 2012 hay harvest.
When is the July 2012 Full Moon Buck Moon?The July 2012 Buck Moon dates are expressed in Coordinated Universal Time (UT), the international basis for other time zones. Since the lunar month is only 29 days long on the average, the full moon dates shift from year to year. For full moon or Buck Moon times in July of 2012 in your city, please use the Time Zone Converter.
Full Moon Names HistoryFull Moon names have been used by many cultures to describe the full moon throughout the year. Specifically, Native American tribes used moon phases and cycles to keep track of the seasons by giving a distinctive name to each recurring full moon, including the Buck Moon. The unique full moon names were used to identify the entire month during which each occurred.Although many Native American tribes gave distinct names to the full moon, the most well known full moon names come from the Algonquin tribes who lived in the area of New England and westward to Lake Superior. The Algonquin tribes had perhaps the greatest effect on the early European settlers in America, and the settlers adopted the Native American habit of naming the full moons.
Full Moon CalendarFor more information regarding the exact dates of all of the full moons, please see our full moon calendar.Full Moon Calendar
Moon Phases, Full Moons and Moon CalendarsAs the Moon orbits Earth, it changes phase in an orderly way. Follow these links to understand the various phases of the moon.