Stargazers are in for a treat tonight with a supermoon predicted – assuming there aren’t too many clouds. July 3 2023 is set to be the date when the lunar surface will be the biggest yet this year from the earth.
Tonight’s full Buck supermoon will be visible Monday, 3 July 2023 in the UK and around the world. The Moon will appear full for several nights after this date. On 3 July, the Moon will rise late, at 10:14pm (UK time). The Buck supermoon will appear in the constellation of Sagittarius (southeast).
The moon orbits the earth on an elliptical shape meaning that it is closer at some times than others – and today it is closer than normal. A supermoon is when a full Moon takes place at the same time as the perigee which is when the moon is closest to the earth.
A full Moon during perigee will appear 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than a full Moon when it is at its furthest away.
July’s full moon is known as the Buck Moon because male deer shed and regrow their antlers around this time of year.