A big and beautiful Buck Moon will be visible across Singapore on July 3

It's the first of four supermoons in 2023

Cheryl Sekkappan
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Cheryl Sekkappan
Deputy Editor, Time Out Singapore
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Don't forget to look up on July 3, because a super-large full moon will be illuminating our night skies. Known as a Buck Moon, this is the first of four supermoons that will be visible across Singapore in 2023. 

If you're wondering what a supermoon is, these occur when the moon's orbit is closest to our planet, causing it to appear larger and brighter than usual. 14 percent larger and 30 percent bigger to be exact

Why is July's supermoon called a Buck Moon and how can you view it? Read on to find out.

Why is it called a Buck Moon? 

We can thank northeastern Native American tribes for this. They noticed that male deer, or bucks, tend to grow antlers in July. If you like divining the meaning of natural events, then you might be interested to know that antlers are often seen as a symbol of strength and growth – so you can see the Buck Moon as a time to refresh and make a positive change. 

What time will the Buck Moon be visible in Singapore? 

The Buck Moon will begin rising from the southeast at 7.13pm on July 3. 9pm onwards is the best time to head out for a look, as this is when the moon will be at an appreciable height for viewing. It reaches the meridian (the highest point in the sky it will reach) at 1.25am and will finally set at 7.40am on July 4 in the southwest direction. 

Where are the best spots to view the Buck Moon?

The Buck Moon should be visible anywhere in Singapore. Find a place with wide, unobstructed views of the southeastern night sky – such as a rooftop or open parking lot with no tall buildings around. For a beautiful backdrop of the Singapore skyline, the Science Centre Observatory recommends locations like Marina Barrage, East Coast Park, and the Southern Ridges.  

Do I need any special equipment?

Great news – you don't! The Buck Moon can be seen with the naked eye. But keep your fingers crossed that we get clear skies on July 3. 

When are the other supermoons happening in 2023? 

Lots of opportunities to catch a supermoon this year – here are all the ones happening in 2023. And a heads-up, the full moon on August 31 is the largest supermoon of the year. Also known as a Blue Moon, it is the second full moon that happens within a single calendar month. 

  • July 3: Southeastern sky
  • August 2: Southeastern sky
  • August 31: Eastern sky
  • September 29: Eastern sky.
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