Thunder Moon stuns over the weekend

Ironically, the nearest thunderstorms were hundreds of miles away over the Atlantic Ocean as the moon rose in the eastern sky. As is typical of a summer full moon, it will be visible above the horizon for a shorter time than in winter months.

While no longer full, the moon will still be 99 percent illuminated Monday night and 96 percent illuminated Tuesday night.

Here are the names for the full moon in July.

NASA did not just call the Thunder Moon, Guru Purnima but went ahead to tweet other related names from various traditions across the world including their meanings.

Lunar cycles were hugely important to those who lived so close to nature and so each full moon was given a name. The Thunder Moon with be completely full at 12:07 a.m. April's Pink Moon was named after the pink wildflower known as phlox, which blooms around the same time as the moon phase.

The full moon occurred July 8th, but the moon will usually look full for 2-3 days after the official full moon rises.

According to, the Buck Moon "appears during the time when the new antlers of buck deer push out from their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur".

Vanessa Coleman