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Full Moon July 2023: The Full Buck Moon

Mark your calendars for the next July 2023 Full Moon. The July full moon was on Monday, July 3, 2023, 7:39 AM EDT or 11:39 AM UTC, based on the data provided by NASA. It was the seventh full moon on the schedule for 2023.

A full moon occurs when the Earth is between the Sun and the Moon, so the moon looks completely illuminated. It happens about once a month or 29.53 days on average.

Ready to dive a little deeper into the July 2023 Full Moon? Learn more about the moon’s nicknames and other facts.

Photo of the moon for the date of the the Full Buck Moon 2023, the July Full Moon 2023

The dates and times provided by NASA in the United States Eastern Time are for Eastern Standard Time (EST) and Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) for part of the year in the United States. Also below is the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) time. Since you may be in a different time zone, the exact dates may shift for your calendar.

When was the full moon in July 2023?

The full moon in July was on Monday, July 3, 2023, at 7:39 AM EDT or 11:39 AM UTC. The July 3rd full moon was the seventh full moon of 2023 and the full moon in Capricorn.

What is the name of the July 2023 Full Moon?

One name for the July 2023 Full Moon was the Full Buck Moon. It’s not likely a name you would have immediately guessed. The Full Buck Moon takes its name from the time of year when antlers start to appear on male deer (bucks).

Other nicknames for July’s Full Moon include the Thunder Moon and Hay Moon.

Which season included the July Full Moon?

In 2023, the July Full Moon was the first full moon of the Summer 2023 season. It was the first full moon after the Summer Solstice in 2023.

The Summer Solstice marks the beginning of astronomical summer and the end of astronomical spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

In 2023, the Summer Solstice was on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, at 10:58 AM EDT or 2:58 PM UTC.

Depending on the year, the Full Buck Moon could be the first or second Full Moon of Summer, depending on whether the June Full Moon happens before or after the Summer Solstice.

When was the new moon for the 2023 Full Buck Moon?

The lunar cycle for the July Full Moon began with its new moon in June 2023. The New Buck Moon was on Sunday, June 18, 2023, at 12:37 AM EDT or 4:37 AM UTC and it was the new moon in Taurus.

Also interesting to note, the new and full moons will occur in different seasons. The New Buck Moon will be part of Spring 2023, and the full moon is part of the summer season.

The new moon that will occur in July 2023 will be the start of the lunar cycle of the August full moon.

Was there be a full supermoon in July 2023?

Depending on the supermoon definition you use, the full moon in July 2023 was a full supermoon, or it is a little too far away to be considered one. The July full moon was approximately 361,934 kilometers from the Earth during its peak, based on the calculations by AstroPixels.

A full supermoon is a full moon that nearly coincides with the closest point that the Moon comes to the Earth in its orbit, called perigee. The moon will have a larger-than-usual appearance. There isn’t an official definition on the exact distance the moon needs to be to be called a supermoon. It’s approximately 360,000 kilometers or closer depending on the definition.

2023 will have two supermoons in August and two additional full supermoons, including July, depending on your definition.

Will there be a lunar eclipse during the July Full Moon?

No, there was no lunar eclipse during the full moon in July 2023. In the future, there will be an eclipse during the first full moon of the year.

In 2023 there will be two lunar eclipses during the year. The May Full Moon had a penumbral lunar eclipse, and there will be a partial lunar eclipse during the October Full Moon.

July 2023 Moon Phases in Eastern Time and UTC

Below are the lunar phases for July 2023, including the new moon, first quarter, full moon, and last quarter that are on the schedule for the month. The date and times are based on the United States Eastern Time Zone and UTC, adjusted for daylight saving time.

Lunar PhaseUS Eastern Date & TimeUTC Date & Time
July Full MoonJuly 3, 2023 7:39 AM EDTJuly 3, 2023 11:39 PM UTC
July Last QuarterJuly 9, 2023 9:48 PM EDTJuly 10, 2023 1:48 AM UTC
July New MoonJuly 17, 2023 2:32 PM EDTJuly 17, 2023 6:32 PM UTC
July First QuarterJuly 25, 2023 6:07 PM EDTJuly 25, 2023 10:07 PM UTC

Future July Full Moons

Wondering when the full moon will occur in July beyond the July 2023 full moon? Here’s a list through 2029.

YearDay of the weekFuture July Full Moons
2023MondayJuly 3, 2023 at 7:39 AM EDT
2024SundayJuly 21, 2024 at 6:17 AM EDT
2025ThursdayJuly 10, 2025 at 4:37 PM EDT
2026WednesdayJuly 29, 2026 at 10:36 AM EDT
2027SundayJuly 18, 2027 at 11:45 AM EDT
2028ThursdayJuly 6, 2028 at 2:11 PM EDT
2029WednesdayJuly 25, 2029 at 9:36 AM EDT

Frequently Asked Questions

Have additional questions about the July Full Moons? Here are a few of the frequently asked questions to help you.

How many full moons will there be in July 2023?

In 2023, there will be one full moon in July. The July Full Moon will be on Monday, July 3, 2023, at 7:39 AM EDT or 11:39 AM UTC. There are other years with two full moons in July, with the second one called a blue moon, but not for 2023.

Future Full Moon Calendars

And if you’re looking for when the full moon occurs for the rest of the year, check out these additional full moon calendars.

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Photo of the moon for the July 2023 Full Moon, the Full Buck Moon