Another full moon is on the way, which means another ordinary lunar event will be stamped with several different nicknames.
The most common nickname for the July full moon is the "buck moon," a name that dates back to the time when native Americans noticed that bucks (male deer and male antelopes) would begin to grow new antlers during this summer month, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.
Just like most other monthly full moons, the July full moon has carried other popular nicknames, including the "thunder moon" -- because of the frequency of thunderstorms in many parts of the United States in July -- and the "hay moon," because late July is a popular time for cutting and storing hay.
If you want to catch a glimpse of the July moon in its fullest phase, look into the evening sky on Tuesday, July 19, at 6:57 p.m. or later.
(Note: If skies are clear, you can see the near-full moon Monday night and again on Wednesday night.)
Fun moon facts
The Old Farmer's Almanac reminds us that July holds a lot of significance when it comes to moon history. After all, this was the month when the first man walked on the surface of the moon -- Neil Armstrong on July 20, 1969.
Three decades later, on July 31, 1999, a lunar spacecraft deposited the ashes of world-famous geologist Eugene Shoemaker on the moon.