Full buck moon may look especially crimson this weekend due to wildfire smoke

ByAndrew Morris KGO logo
Friday, July 23, 2021
Full 'buck' moon may look especially crimson this weekend
The full buck moon over the San Francisco Bay Area promises to look a reddish crimson with the wildfire smoke in the Lake Tahoe and Sierra areas.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The weekend's full moon will provide a treat for any stargazer out there. The Bay Area skies will be at their clearest Friday night, according to ABC7 Meteorologist Mike Nicco.

A coordinated natural phenomenon dubbed a "buck" moon will appear overhead, earning the name because the antlers of male deer are in full-growth mode during this time of the year.

The moon may carry a red or orange hue in some parts of the United States because of the large wildfires being fought in California and Oregon.

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The "buck" moon will be visible through Sunday, but Friday promises to offer peak illumination.

The moon will start to rise in the east-southeastern sky over San Francisco at 8:42 p.m. on Friday, and 9:27 p.m. on Saturday.

You can check the time and direction of the moonrise in your town on the TimeAndDate.com website.