Buck moon rising Friday will appear bright orange due to the smoky skies of wildfires in the west

Buck moon rising Friday will appear bright orange in parts of the US due to smoky air from wildfires in the west

  • The Buck Moon rises Friday, July 23, reaching its peak at 10:37 PM ET
  • The name refers to the time of year when the antlers of male deer are in full growth
  • The full moon may also appear to glow orange, due to the smoky sky in the US
  • The smoke comes from wildfires in the west, which have traveled as far as New York City this week week

The Buck Moon will rise in the night sky on Friday, July 23, but this year’s full moon may appear orange due to smoky skies across the US from wildfires in the west.

The moon looks full tonight, but will peak in the southeastern sky Friday at 10:37 PM ET and will remain visible until the early morning hours of Saturday.

The name Buck Moon refers to the time of year when male deer’s antlers are in full growth, but this moon is also referred to as Feather Molting Moon and Salmon Moon – a term indicating when fish return to the area to harvest.

However, the full moon this year will glow with a hue caused by ongoing air pollution from about 120 West Coast fires, including Oregon’s Bootleg Fire that sent smoke all the way to New York City.

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The Buck Moon will rise in the night sky on Friday, July 23, reaching its peak at 10:37 PM ET. Pictured is the Buck Moon on July 5, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri

This is the second full moon of summer and is sometimes referred to as the Thunder Moon because much of North America will experience heat relief due to warmer temperatures.

In Europe, this moon is traditionally called a ‘Hay Moon’ – in a nod to the June and July haymaking – and occasionally as a ‘Mead’ or ‘Roses’ moon, although such names have also been known to be given also to the previous full moon.

Known to adherents of Hinduism as the ‘guru full moon’, it coincides with the tradition of Guru Purnima – a time when one both purifies the mind and honors gurus and spiritual masters.

In Theravada Buddhism, the Buck Moon signifies the arrival of ‘Dharma Day’ – or Asalha Puja – an important festival celebrating Buddha’s first sermon after his enlightenment.

However, the full moon this year will glow with a hue caused by the ongoing air pollution from about 120 West Coast fires, including Oregon's Bootleg Fire that sent smoke all the way to New York City (pictured)

However, the full moon this year will glow with a hue caused by the ongoing air pollution from about 120 West Coast fires, including Oregon’s Bootleg Fire that sent smoke all the way to New York City (pictured)

The fires are still raging in California and Oregon, which have sent tons of smoke across the US and even New York City

The fires are still raging in California and Oregon, sending tons of smoke across the US and even New York City York

The moon begins its journey to the sky on Friday around 8:30 PM ET and then reappears on Saturday at 9:17 PM ET, according to NASA.

The orange color set to shine is likely to appear brightest at 9:37 p.m. ET Friday.

The fires are still raging in California and Oregon, which have sent massive amounts of smoke across the US and even New York City.

The smoke comes primarily from the Bootleg Fire, the largest of more than 80 fires in the west that have scorched more than 476 square miles.

Air quality warnings were issued Tuesday morning for New York City and the National Weather Service urged sensitive groups to stay indoors.

On Wednesday, the air quality index rose to 157, prompting a warning from health officials.

Once the index reaches a threshold of 100, it can cause health problems for people with respiratory problems and pregnant women.

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