Photos: Full Buck Supermoon puts on show, and it's not done yet

If you were socked in with clouds or, just plain forgot to look up, you have another chance to see the spectacular show Wednesday night.

SEATTLE -- The Full Buck Supermoon put on quite a show Tuesday night, but if you were socked in with clouds or, just plain forgot to look up, you have another chance to see the spectacular show Wednesday night.

While the full moon is a monthly occurrence, July's full moon is a supermoon, meaning it is closer in its orbit to Earth, making it appear a little larger and brighter in the sky.

Several photographers took advantage of the summertime clear skies to capture the moon's beauty.

"Watching last night's moon rise above the thinly layered clouds scattered about the otherwise clear skies made for quite the dramatic entrance," Seattle photographer Tim Durkan, who took the photo of the super moon alongside the iconic Space Needle, told FOX Weather. "Even with several hundred people watching from the park, it got so quiet you could hear pin drop. A memorable night."

According to the Farmer's Almanac, the July 2022 supermoon will also appear farther south in the sky, adding to its enlarged appearance. The moon will be 222,089 miles away from Earth during its closest approach, about 17,000 miles closer than it is on average, according to NASA.


The moon reached its closest point to Earth on its current orbit early Wednesday morning, but the moon will still appear full or nearly full through Friday morning, so you'll have plenty of time to enjoy it.

The moon rises just after your local sunset along the eastern horizon and will set just before sunrise.

What's with the name?

July's full moon is known as the Buck Moon because between June and July male deer antlers undergo a period of rapid growth and will appear at their largest. Antlers can grow up to 2 inches per week for older bucks, according to Mississippi State University's Deer Ecology and Management Lab.

According to the Farmer's Almanac, other names for the full moon come from Native American sources, including the Salmon Moon and Feather Molting Moon.

How to get those cool photos!

Seattle professional photographer Sigma Sreedharan shared some tips with FOX Weather on how to photograph the moon. Among her tips: Underexpose, don't overexpose, bring a tripod and be ready to use a fast shutter speed as the moon moves surprisingly fast.

Unlike, meteor showers or looking for constellations, getting away from city lights is not required to enjoy the supermoon, which means a good opportunity to make some creative photos of the moon with different backgrounds and landscapes.