Buck Moon: July supermoon to appear brighter than usual in the sky this week

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Desk report: The Moon will have us gazing at the sky on Monday evening as it appears brighter and larger than usual.

July’s full Moon, known as a Buck Moon, will be closer than normal in its orbit around the Earth.

The Moon is set to rise at around 22:14 BST in the UK and will appear full for up to three days, according to Nasa.

The best time to see the supermoon event will be earlier in the night across England, Wales, southern Scotland and Northern Ireland.

As the night progresses, visibility may lessen as clouds and rain fill the skies for much of central Scotland.

After midnight, an area of cloud and rain will spread across southern parts of the UK too.

The Moon reached peak illumination at 12:39 BST (07:39 Eastern Time) on Monday, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

The Almanac, which has published astronomical data for centuries, said the Buck Moon will orbit closer to the Earth than full Moons we have already had this year.

August’s full Moon will be the only super moon closer to the Earth this year, the publication said.

The full Moon in July was given the Native American name of Buck Moon because the antlers of male deer are in full growth mode in July, according to the Royal Observatory. Bucks shed and regrow their antlers.

Here are some pictures of the Buck Moon from around the world on Sunday and Monday:

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