DETROIT (WWJ) – Look up! Tonight the skies will be clear enough for a vibrant showing of the Buck Moon.
Cranbrook astronomer Mike Narlock says it’s the name the Full Moon is given in July. The name came from Native American lore and referenced the fact that bucks are starting to grow their antlers.
Narlock points out that some attribute sleeplessness and odd behavior to the moon.
“I don’t believe that that’s true, but I have some psychologist friends who swear up and down that around the full moon – they get many more reports of people having questionable judgement,” says Narlock. “As for sleeping? That might be because there’s this big, bright object out in the sky and it’s throwing off your rhythm and your body just doesn’t want to go down.”
Narlock says this summer’s lack of significant clouds has made for some great sky viewing.