Everything you need to know about last night’s Thunder Moon

Did you see last night’s Thunder Moon?

If not, you missed a treat.

To have had the best view of last night’s astronomical marvel, you should have dragged yourself out of bed at 5am and stuck your head out the window to catch a peak at the Thunder Moon at precisely 5.07am.

That was when the moon was at its brightest and provided the best views – provided no cloud was in the way, which would be really quite annoying after all your effort.

So unless you were up early you will have missed the spectacular sight.

Was it a super moon?

No. A super moon is when the moon looks full and huge.

This time the moon was, if anything, smaller than normal, reports the Chronicle .

What are you talking about? What is a Thunder Moon?

Basically, when you have a full moon in July it’s called a thunder moon.

It all goes back to 1930s USA when the Maine Farmers’ Almanac first published Native American full moon names.

July’s full moon is called a thunder moon because July is traditionally one of the months when thunder arrives.

There are some other names for it mind you. You could call it an elk moon or a buck moon if you prefer.

That’s because some tribes made the link between the full moon in July and the time of year when a bucks’s antlers are fully grown.

Right. What about the other months then?

Ah, I’m glad you asked.

Full moons are not unusual they happen every month. The natural event happens when the earth is directly in the middle of the sun and the moon – meaning the moon’s entire surface is lit up.

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It happens every 29 and a half days.

But they are given different names for each month.

So August has Corn Moons, October has a Hunter’s Moon and September has the Harvest Moon for example.

August 7 sees the Sturgeon Moon and this year there is an added treat because there is a partial eclipse as well.

Best time to see it is 7.10pm.

I bet you can’t wait.

• If the night is clear enough for you to get a good photograph, then do send it in with your name and where you were. Just email [email protected]