Watch the July full 'buck' moon illuminate the sky tonight

The full buck moon rises over a dancing lady on the Spanish City building in Whitley Bay, England, in July 2020.

(CNN)Lunar lovers, grab a cozy spot outside and set your sights to the southeast to gaze upon July's full moon, dubbed the "buck" moon, as it rises Friday after sunset.

The moon will reach peak illumination at 10:37 p.m. ET Friday, according to NASA. In all its glory, the celestial treat will hang in the night sky for about three days around its peak, so onlookers can enjoy the glowing moon all weekend.
Why the nickname? July marks the time when male deer -- bucks -- grow out their antlers, granting this month's full moon the "buck" moniker, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac. Bucks' antlers go through a cycle every year of shedding and regrowing, getting progressively larger as the animals age.
    The name of the July full moon differs across cultures, however. Some Native American tribes name it for the hot summer season. The Comanche people call this event "urui mua," or "hot moon," and the Kalapuya people refer to it as "ameku," meaning "mid summer moon," according to the Western Washington University Planetarium website.
      Other Indigenous groups, including the Mohawk, Apache, Cherokee and Passamaquoddy peoples, named the July moon with references to "ripening." Some are more specific to fruit, like the Anishnaabe's "aabita-niibino-giizis," meaning "raspberry moon" and the Assiniboine's "wasasa," or "red berries." The Zuni tribe, from what is now New Mexico, says "dayamcho yachunne," meaning "limbs are broken by fruit."
        In contrast, Europeans use the term "hay moon" as a nod to the haymaking season of June and July, according to NASA.
        Typical of a normal year, 2021 has 12 full moons. (There were 13 full moons last year, two of which were in October.)
          Here are all of the full moons remaining this year and their names, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac:
          August 22 -- sturgeon moon
          September 20 -- harvest moon
          October 20 -- hunter's moon
          November 19 -- beaver moon
          December 18 -- cold moon
          Be sure to check for the other names of these moons as well, attributed to their respective Native American tribes.

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